Social Security Disability Application Process
If you become disabled and are no longer able to work, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is available to help you with the financial difficulties associated with an inability to return to gainful employment. Because the application process can be quite lengthy, it is important to apply for SSD benefits as soon as you become disabled. The initial application for disability benefits requires painstaking attention to detail in filling out forms and providing needed documentation. Only a small percentage of initial applications are approved, with the majority of applicants having to later request reconsideration or a hearing. In order for the best chance of an approval, hire a qualified Social Security disability lawyer to handle your claim, beginning with the SSD application and continuing throughout any necessary legal proceedings.
In order to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you will need to complete the SSD application as well as provide several types of documents verifying your identity, your employment status, and your disability. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires documentation including:
- Social Security Number and proof of age (birth certificate)
- Contact information for all medical caregivers, caseworkers, and facilities from which you have
- sought treatment for your condition
- List of all medications you are taking and the dosage for each
- Medical records from physicians, therapists, caseworkers, clinics, and hospitals
- Lab results and other test results
- Employment summary
- Most recent W-2 forms or Federal Tax Return
If you are disabled and unable to work, completing the SSD application and gathering necessary forms can be a difficult task. If an application is incomplete, any disability claim will be rejected. An experienced Social Security lawyer understands how to complete the disability application quickly and completely, improving your chance of having your SSD application approved at the first step. Though only 20-30% of applications are approved at the initial step, a skilled attorney can handle your case to efficiently complete the disability process from application through appeal, if necessary.
For more information on applying for SSD benefits, contact a disability lawyer in your area: