How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits
What You Need and What You Need to Do
How to Apply
To begin the application process for a Social Security Disability claim, you must first schedule an interview with the Social Security Administration. This can be done by calling 1-800-772-1213 and setting up a telephone or in-person interview.
What You Will Need
When applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you must be prepared to provide the Social Security Administration with various pieces of information. The information you will need to provide includes:
- An original or certified copy of your birth certificate
- Your most recent wage documents such as a W-2 form and pay stub from when you last worked
- A list of ALL medical providers that have treated you for your disability, including their name, address and telephone numbers
- Copies of any medical records in your possession documenting treatment for your disability
Tips to Help Maximize Your Claim
Many individuals feel that they can be approved for Social Security Disability benefits by simply stating to the Social Security Administration their physical ailments and why they cannot work anymore. This is often not enough to guarantee disability benefits, however, and many truly disabled people find themselves denied of benefits.
To help combat this, individuals filing for Social Security Disability should make sure to emphasize two issues to the Social Security Administration:
- That they are receiving consistent medical treatment for their disability
- That their disability has caused them to have limitations
It is important to show that you are receiving medical care for your disability, and that the care is consistent. This means you should not “jump around” from doctor to doctor or receive treatment a couple of times. Instead, seek medical attention from a professional doctor and clinic, and go to every appointment.
The Social Security Administration often judges an individual as being truly disabled by the limitations they have as a result of their disability. Instead of emphasizing the general medical diagnosis given to you by your doctor, focus on communicating to the Administration how your disability limits you to do certain things, and how these limitations affect your ability to continue working.
If you or someone you know has a disability that is keeping them from being able to work, it may be wise to contact an attorney knowledgeable in Social Security Disability. For a free consultation, please contact the New Smyrna Beach Personal Injury Attorneys at Rue & Ziffra
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