Sadly, a disabling condition can affect an individual so much that he or
she can find it impossible to apply for
Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits on their own. This is especially true if the disabled
person is going blind, has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), or
has lost function in their hands.
Are you the spouse, adult child, or a close friend of a disabled individual
who is trying to help them apply for critical SSDI benefits? If so, the
Social Security Administration (SSA) welcomes you and appreciates the
fact that you’re trying to help your friend or family member obtain
The following individuals may help someone apply for SSDI benefits:
- A spouse
- A family member
- An employer
- A member of an advocacy group
- An SSDI attorney
When you assist your friend in filling out an application, the SSA may
ask for information about you, the person who completes the form, your
relationship to the applicant, and the organization that you work for,
If the disabled individual who you are helping will be available to sign
the application once you complete it on their behalf, the SSA asks that
you please answer the questions on the application as if you are the person
answering them. Whenever the application says “you” or “your,”
the SSA is referring to the applicant that you are helping.
Do I need to be an authorized representative?
No, it’s not necessary for you to be appointed as the disabled person’s
representative in order for you to help him or her apply for disability
benefits. However, if the person you are helping wants to officially name
you as their representative to handle their business with the SSA, you
will have to submit form SSA-1696-UR,
Appointment of Representative, to the SSA.
Can I ‘sign’ on the applicant’s behalf?
If the person you are helping with the application is with you, or can
easily be with you, and is capable of signing their own application, he
or she is the one that has to sign it. From there, the application will
be forwarded to the SSA so they can begin processing it.
What if the applicant is not with me, or not able to sign the application,
what happens next? If your friend or family member cannot sign the application,
the SSA will mail it to them so they can verify their signature.
Note: the SSA says that it’s important that the person you’re helping
signs the application; you are not supposed to do it for them.
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