In South Carolina, you have to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits by going through the Social Security Administration (SSA). You can apply by telephone, at a Social Security office, or on the Internet.
If you choose to call or visit an office, you will first have to call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213. The operator will then schedule a date and time when the SSA will call you if you would like to apply by phone or schedule an appointment for you at an office if you prefer to apply in person.
Your other option would be to complete the Social Security Disability application online by clicking here. However, this is only for SSD; you cannot apply for SSI using any Internet method.
Although you are not required to hire an attorney to assist you with applying for Social Security benefits, it has been proven that applicants who are represented by an attorney win their benefits more often than those who decide to apply without the help of an attorney. There are South Carolina Social Security Disability attorneys who offer free consultations in order to determine whether or not you have a good chance of receiving benefits. That way, you will not have to waste your time, effort, and money applying if there is only a small chance that you will win benefits.