Filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be scary. One of the biggest questions most applicants have is, “What do I need to send in with my application?”
Here’s what you need to know.
Proving your eligibility for disability benefits
To obtain either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you have to prove your technical eligibility for them.
You can do this by producing one of a few different documents that attest to your legal status in this country and your identity, including your U.S. birth certificate or naturalization paperwork, your self-employment or W-2 tax returns, or your pre-1968 U.S. military discharge forms.
Documenting your disability
The SSA will also ask you to complete its Adult Disability Report (ADR), where you’ll share details about your medical condition, injury or illness.
You will also need to submit any medical records you have and sign release forms for the government to access any records you do not. You will also need to provide the government with information about your medical providers, including their contact information.
The SSA will also want to know more about your marital status and any dependents you have when reviewing your case for disability benefits.
They may also ask questions about other benefits you may have, including workers’ compensation, veteran’s benefits and private pensions.
This information helps them determine if there are any additional benefits you may be due and what other claims may need to be taken.
If you’re planning to apply for disability benefits
Many individuals apply for SSI or SSD on the assumption that they will automatically qualify for benefits, not realizing how stringent the qualifying criteria is that the SSA has in place.
An attorney here in Oklahoma City can help you through this process. They can also advocate for you if your claim is denied.