How To Apply for Disability in Delaware
A citizen of Delaware can apply for disability benefits through the federal organization known as the Social Security Administration (SSA). Each state has its own divisions of the SSA and typically follows the same procedures throughout the application process for disability benefits. However, there can be slight differences between states. This page provides information and resources about Social Security Disability in Delaware.
To find your local Social Security field office, Disability Determinations Services office, or an Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Delaware, click here.
File for Disability in Delaware
There are three separate ways for an individual to file for Social Security Disability benefits:
- Online: An individual can apply online at ssa.gov/disabilityssi/
- Over the telephone: An individual can apply over the phone by calling 800-772-1213. If deaf or hearing impaired, call 800-325-0778.
- In-person: An individual can apply in-person at their local Social Security field office. SSA employees will explain the forms but are not allowed to give any legal advice (how to properly fill out the application for approval). Click here for a list of field offices in Delaware.
Chances of Approval at a Hearing
People who attend an appeals hearing in front of a Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in Delaware have a lower chance of approval for disability benefits compared to the national average. There is only one hearing office and 5 judges to attend reviews in Delaware. This creates a large back-log of denied applicants who are waiting for a hearing and increases the amount of time an individual has to wait. Statistics about Delaware's hearing office are listed within table.
|Avg. Hearing Wait Time||18.0 Months||14.9 Months|
|Average Processing Time||529 Days||461 Days|
The following data is based off the Social Security Administration's 2013 state annual report that was released at the end of 2014. State annual reports contain valuable information about Social Security Disability benefits in all 50 states. The next annual report will be for the year of 2014 and will be released in December 2015. We will update the information as soon as an updated report is released.
|Percentage of Population on SSI||1.8%|
|Percentage of Population on SSDI||5.1%|
|Average Monthly SSI Payment||$519.38|
|Average Monthly SSDI Payment||$1,169.45|
Delaware Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Many disabled individuals want to try to go back to work but are unsure if they can due to their condition. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services of Delaware provides services that can help people with disabilities find and maintain a job in the work force. Any recipient of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) qualifies for these services. To receive assistance, one should contact their local VR office as soon as possible to get an appointment. Due to limited resources, there is a selection process that ensures the people with the most severe conditions are helped first.
Delaware Administration Office
Fox Valley (Wilmington)
4425 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19802
(302) 761-8275 Voice/TTY
Social Security Field Offices, DDS & ODAR
Delaware is home to 3 Social Security Field Offices, 1 Office of Disability Determination Services and 1 Offices of Disability Adjudication and review. These offices provide assistance to the residents who are looking to receive Social Security disability benefits.
Please contact one of the offices below if you need assistance in filing for disability, checking your application status, or have any questions regarding the Social Security Disability process.
Delaware Social Security Field Offices
500 W. Loockerman St.
20105 Office Circle
New Castle Office
920 W Basin Road
Delaware Disability Determination Services Unit
Delaware Office of Disability Determination Services
Disability Determination Services
920 W. Basin Road, Suite 300
New Castle, DE 19720
P.O. Box 15711
Wilmington, DE 19885-5711
Delaware Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review
SSA Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
500 W. Loockerman Street
Dover, DE 19904
Telephone: (877) 405-3671
Fax: (302) 674-7024
eFile Fax: (877) 548-8803
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Servicing the following Social Security Field Offices
DELAWARE: Dover, Georgetown, Wilmington and MARYLAND: Cambridge, Elkton