Published by Shannon Elliott on June 30, 2015

How to File a Social Security Disability Claim

pic_part_time_law_degree_londonSocial security disability provides benefits to citizens that are unable to seek employment due to a specific disability or medical condition. When people first file claim, they is a good chance that they will be denied their initial claim. The social security administration does this to cut down on the number of accepted claims, as many people will not go through the process of filing a an appeal. Before you go through the lengthy process of filing your own claim, take a moment to read through these simple instructions on how to file a social security disability claim.

Who Can Apply for Social Security Disability?

The first thing you will have to ask yourself is whether you are eligible for social security disability. There are a few requirements to consider. You need to be at least 18 years of age and you cannot currently be receiving benefits from social security. You must also have a medical condition that prevents you from seeking employment for at least the next 12 months. Finally, you cannot have been denied social security disability in the last 60 days. If you have been denied a social security claim then you will have to go through the appeal process.

What Information Will You Need?

6840780_xl1As you fill out a social security claim application, there is certain information you will need to provide. Firstly, you will need your date of birth, place of birth, and social security number. You may also need the name, social security number, and date of birth of your spouse. If you have children, you will need to include the names and dates of birth of your children, as long as they are still minors and living within your household. For those that want to have their benefits deposited in their bank account electronically, you will need to provide the routing number of your financial institution and your bank account number.

Beyond your personal details, you will also be required to provide information about your medical condition. This will include the names, addresses, and phone numbers of medical personnel that have knowledge of your condition. Include the names of all medicines that you take and the names and dates of any medical tests that you have had performed.

Various details concerning your past employment will have to included as well. People filing a social security disability claim will need to list the amount of money they earned the previous year, the current year, and the name and address of any employers. Additional employment history, up to the past 15 years should be included, along with any workers’ compensation, and any record of military service.

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What Documents Do You Need?

Along with the information already mentioned, you will need to include various documents with your application. This includes your birth certificate, military discharge papers if applicable, W-2 forms from any employers or a self-employment tax return, and any medical records related to jpg_law_justice_003your current condition. The more documentation you provide the easier the application process will be and the more likely you are to receive your benefits.

This is an overview of the information that you will need to include with your social security disability claim. We recommend that you seek the help of an experienced social security disability attorney, as they can ensure that you do not overlook any documents or records that will increase your chances of having your claim approved. Additionally, if you have recently been denied a social security disability claim, contact a local attorney for help in appealing your claim. If you have additional questions, please leave a comment below.

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