How to apply for Social Security Disability

On Behalf of | Mar 10, 2020 | Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability benefits can provide you with an income if you cannot work due to a disability. The requirements to get these benefits are quite strict. You must meet a precise definition of disability, which may not coincide with other agencies’ definition. This means that denials are common for SSD benefits. This makes it essential that you are careful when submitting your application. 

According to the Social Security Administration, you will need to have quite a bit of information about yourself, your work history and your medical condition to apply for SSD benefits. Before you begin your application, make sure you have all the information and documentation the SSA requires. This will help to ensure that you submit a complete application and give you a better chance for approval. 

Information you need 

You will need to provide personal information, such as your full name, current address and contact information. You will need to provide the names and contact information for all medical professionals and anyone else associated with your care. You must also include the dates of care for each professional. 

You must provide your work history, as well. This will include details on each employer, how long you worked there and your job duties. 

Documents you need 

You will need a few different pieces of documentation. It is important to provide all the documents the SSA requests. This includes your birth certificate and your most recent W-2 or federal tax return. You will, of course, need to provide documents of your disability, including medical records from your doctor and all other medical professionals who treat you, laboratory test results documents, other testing results documentation and records of medications you currently take. 

You can apply for SSD benefits in a few different ways. There is an online application. You may use a toll free number to apply, or you can make an appointment at your local Social Security office and apply there.