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Social Security Disability Application- What Do I need?

I have included in this blog post a detailed list of necessary information and documents that you will need in order to apply for social security disability.  You will need:
  • Your Social Security number.
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of the doctors, caseworkers, hospitals and clinics that took care of you and dates of your visits.
  • Medical records from your doctors, therapists, counselors, hospitals, clinics and caseworkers that you already have in your possession.
  • Laboratory and test results that you have in your possession.
  • Workers’ compensation contact names, addresses and dates.
  • Dates of marriages and divorces, spouses’ birthdates and social security numbers.
  • Date you became disabled- not necessarily the last day that you worked.
  • Names and dosage of all the medicine you take- here is a form you can use to list your medications:
  Medications: Pharmacy: ______________________________________________________ Name of Medicine: _____________________________________________________ Dosage that you take each day: ____________________________________________________ What condition you take the medicine for: ____________________________________________________ Doctor who prescribes the medicine: ____________________________________________________ All side effects you have with this medicine: __________________________________________________________________   __________________________________________________________________   __________________________________________________________________ Make sure that you list every medicine that you are taking, including non-prescription medications. You will also need a summary of where you worked and the kind of work you did- Here is a sample form for you to fill out. Employment: Employer:____________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________ Occupation:___________________________________________ Salary per year or Hourly Wage___________________________ Dates worked_________________________________________ Reason left ____________________________________________________ You must list all of the jobs that you have held for the past 15 years. You need this information to fill out the social security disability application as well as the Adult Disability Report that is required.  Most of the other information you will already know such as your children’s names and ages and your level of education. If you are applying for Social Security disability you can use this information to fill out the application online.  You can also complete the application by mail, phone interview or an in person office interview.  If you are applying for SSI you will need to make an appointment and do your application either in person at the Social Security Administration office or on the telephone. You will also need this information if you decide to hire a social security lawyer to help you apply for social security disability benefits. It is important to list ALL of your doctors, hospitals, clinics, etc. because the Social Security Administration will only request medical records from the medical providers that you have listed on your application. If you fail to list the provider then the Social Security Administration may not obtain the medical records it needs to award you disability benefits. Along with this information you may also need to submit:
  • A copy of your most recent W-2 Form (Wage and Tax Statement) or, if you are self-employed, your federal tax return for the past year.
  • Your certified birth or baptismal certificate- a copy will not be accepted.
  Finally, as I have recommended you should submit a medical source statement to help prove your case. Please remember that this is just general information, and everyone’s situation is unique. This article should not be considered legal advice.

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