Common disability law questions from KY-3 Call-A-Lawyer- Part 1

Recently I was again asked to sit on the Social Security Disability panel for the Springfield Missouri Bar Association Call a Lawyer program on KY3. I was once again really surprised at the call volume we received given that most social security disability lawyers offer a free consultation. The phone rang off the hook. In an hour and a half I personally probably handled 25-35 calls.

Here are some common disability law questions from KY-3 Call-A-Lawyer- Part 1 I will try to answer some of them over the next few posts.

Common question #1

Where do I apply for disability benefits?

A. The best way to file a Social Security disability claim is to call the nearest Social Security office and schedule an in person appointment to apply. You may still have to wait (often for a few hours) to see someone to file the claim in person.

In the alternative, a person may contact Social Security by telephone at (800) 772-1213 and arrange for a telephone interview to file the claim.

You may also apply on line at

Missouri Social Security Offices
Springfield: 1570 E. Battlefield, Springfield, MO 1877-850-7824
Columbia: 803 Gray Oak Drive, Columbia, MO 1866-563-9108
Joplin: 4102 S. Arizona Drive, Joplin, MO 18696-964-7421
Lake of the Ozarks: 129 Scott Station Road, Jefferson City, MO 1877-405-9803
Lebanon: 2546 S. Jefferson Avenue, Lebanon, MO 1866-931-7104
Rolla: 1813 E. 10th Street, Rolla, MO 1573-364-8060
West Plains: 1612 Imperial Drive, West Plains, MO 1866-614-2741