Realizing you can no longer work due to a disability can be devastating. You may have spent years working toward a career that you can no longer pursue, at least for the foreseeable future. Add in the stress of wondering how you will cope financially, and it can be a challenging time in life.
Knowing you should be able to claim disability benefits offers some relief. Yet, the application process can be an incredibly stressful experience in itself. You will have a lot of paperwork to sort, and the outcome is never guaranteed.
What paperwork do I need to file a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim?
These are some of the papers the Social Security Administration (SSA) may ask you for:
- Medical records
- Test results related to your condition
- List of medications you have taken, along with dosages and dates
- Contact details of medics and medical establishments which you have dealt with.
- Employment history
- Social Security number and proof of age
When you read the SSA’s How You Apply page, it may sound as if making a claim is simple and that you can easily do it alone. Yet, every year, many people see their claims denied due to errors when completing the forms or a lack of supporting evidence. The onus is on you to prove to the SSA why you need to claim benefits.
An attorney who has helped others claim disability benefits can help. They can assist as you compile the paperwork you need to increase the chances that the SSA approves your claim without delay, and help you present your case for benefits in a clear, convincing manner.