The Social Security Administration (SSA) grants billions of dollars’ worth of benefits to over 20 million people every year. These funds are allocated for U.S. citizens who are physically or mentally unable to work, and therefore unable to support themselves. Unfortunately, the U.S. government’s disability budget, although large, is not limitless. In order to control the number of checks going out, the SSA must limit the number of applicants coming in.
To maintain a sense of balance (and avoid becoming financially overwhelmed), the SSA developed a strict disability application process. This process allows the disability board to “weed out” unqualified candidates through a series of qualification inquiries. The process begins with a demanding claim form that requires a substantial amount of information about you, your life, and your disabling condition.
Filing for disability benefits may be the best course of action for your future financial stability. However, before you decide to pursue a claim, it’s important to know what the SSA will exactly demand from you.
As highly experienced disability lawyers—we’ve been helping your neighbors with their disability problems for over 25 years—we recommend that you speak with an attorney before you even think about filing a claim. He can help ensure that you have everything you need to build a strong case. Some of the required materials include the following:
- Personal information. The SSA will require specific personal information from you and your family to verify identity and validate your claim. Required information includes legal names, Social Security numbers, birth, marriage, divorce, and death dates, and any and all banking information (institution name, account, and routing numbers) associated with you, your spouse, and any minor children.
- Medical condition information. To confirm that your condition is eligible for disability, the SSA will need to validate the severity of your disability. To do this, it requires the name, address, and phone number of your physician, your patient ID number, a detailed summary of your condition and symptoms, and an accurate list of all medical tests you have had performed (including dates and results).
- Confirmation of the severity of your condition. Claiming you have a disabling condition isn’t worth anything to the board if you can’t prove that your condition limits your ability to work. Medical records, doctor notes and opinions, test results, and professional diagnostics can help show the board that your claim is valid and that it deserves serious consideration.
- Work information. In addition to determining whether you’ve paid enough Social Security taxes to qualify for disability, work history can help determine the amount of benefits you should receive. Therefore, the board requires precise details in your claim concerning your annual income (money earned last year and this year). In addition to the name and address of your current or previous employer, your job history for the past 15 years (including start and end dates), a copy of your Social Security statement, your past workers’ compensation filings, and any documentation your employer can provide about your inability to continue working.
- Military information (if applicable). Detailed records of beginning and ending dates of any active U.S. military service you had prior to 1968.
Contact us directly at (800) 556-8890 for more information on filing a disability claim. We’re eager to share our experience and knowledge to help you persuade the SSA that your claim has merit. Don’t risk rejection by failing to have all the facts and resources you need to build a strong case—call now and file a strong claim the first time.