How to File for Social Security Disability

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( – Social Security Disability is an insurance that pays monthly benefits to those who have an employment history but are no longer in the position to work due to a significant illness or impairment.

It’s important to note that the illness or impairment must be expected to last at least a year or to result in death within a year in order for a person to qualify. Benefits are determined based on the person’s past earnings and are then paid to them or their dependent family. Here is how to file for SSDI.

Step 1: Check the Requirements

There are certain qualifications that must be met before a person can apply for benefits:

  1. An individual must have a medical condition that is in line with the administration’s definition of a disability.
  2. The individual must have a job history with employers that paid into the SSDI program.

Step 2: Gather Documents

Once a person has determined they meet the basic requirements, the next step is to begin gathering all pertinent documents. In order to qualify for SSDI, the following documents must be included with the application:

  • Thorough medical records and doctor reports that document the disability
  • Proof of citizenship or legal immigration status
  • Birth certificate
  • W-2 forms and/or self-employment tax paperwork from the previous year
  • U.S military discharge paperwork for those who served in the military before 1968
  • Any settlement agreements, pay stubs, award letters, proof of permanent or temporary workers’ compensation
  • Adult disability report

Step 3: Apply

There are a few possible ways to apply for social security disability. One way is to apply online using their website. Another option is to apply over the phone at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). The last option is to apply by visiting a local office.

It’s important to note that there is a five-month waiting period, so it is best for a person to apply for benefits as soon as they become disabled. Most people will not see their benefits begin before six months.

If the application is denied, it may be best to consider contracting an SSDI attorney.  They have experience in dealing with issues that often arise in the application process and can help an individual appeal their application.

Filing for social security disability is a relatively simple process. But, it’s important to ensure that all qualifications are met and that all necessary documentation is provided for an application to be submitted successfully. There are a few options to apply, including online, over the phone, or by visiting a local office.

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