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Preparing to apply for Social Security Disability benefits

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2023 | Social Security Disability

When you are unable to work because of a disability, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

You must meet various requirements to qualify for SSD benefits. Once you have determined that you meet the requirements, make sure you have certain information and documents ready when you begin your application.

Why gathering information ahead of time is so important

Applying without this information will lengthen the time it takes you to apply. Additionally, applications with missing information or documentation are often denied, meaning you must appeal or start the entire process over.

You will need to provide information about yourself, your medical condition and your employment. Have the following information about yourself ready:

  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Social Security number

Information about your marriages and minor children is also necessary. You must provide the names and birth dates of your spouse, any former spouses and any minor children. Be prepared to give a Social Security number for the spouse or spouses, as well as any divorce or death dates.

Medical information

When it comes to your medical condition, the more details you have, the better. Gather contact information for all your doctors and someone, such as a friend or family member, who can be contacted about your medical status.

Have all your medical records ready, including dates of any treatment or tests. Make a list of all your current prescribed medications.

Employment information

In terms of work history, you must provide employer and income information for the last two years and up to five jobs that you worked at within the 15 years before you became disabled.

The SSA will also want any information on prior military service or workers’ compensation benefits you received, so have those records ready.

If this seems like a huge list, it is. The SSD application process can be complicated.

It is best to have as much of this information ready before you apply, to increase your chance of receiving benefits as quickly as possible. Attorneys with SSD experience can help you with your application and answer any questions you may have.