It is important that you know your rights if you are a recipient of any Social Security services, whether Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Right to Receive Help

If the process of applying for SSDI or SSI seems intimidating, it is important to remember that you have the right to receive help.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will help get documents you need to show that you meet the SSDI or SSI requirements.

If you are applying for disability, Social Security will pay to have a doctor examine you if it decides that medical information is needed to make a decision. SSA will also pay your travel expenses to get this exam.

Right to Representation

You may appoint someone to help you with your SSDI or SSI claim. The representative does not have to be a lawyer – people often appoint family members to assist them.

Right to Notice

SSA will notify you in writing of any determination about your eligibility or any change in your benefit amount. Each notice will explain your appeal rights.

Right to Examine Your File

You or your representative may examine and get a copy of the information in your case file, upon request.