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What Information Do I Need to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

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IL SSDI lawyerLife can be difficult for many people who have disabilities. One of the ways the government helps those people is by providing financial assistance through the Social Security Administration (SSA). There are two programs that the SSA runs, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both programs get thousands of applications each year, but not everyone is approved. In some cases, the information provided at the time they applied was either incorrect or not sufficient to allow them to begin collecting benefits. When applying for either program, it is important that you have all of the required information organized and prepared.

Personal Information

First, the SSA will want to know all of your personal information. This would include things like your name, social security number, and place of birth. If you have ever been in the military, they want to know what branch you were in and your dates of enlistment and discharge. They will also want to know whether or not you have a spouse or any children. If you do, they will want their identifying information, including their date of birth and social security numbers. If you were married and/or divorced, you should know the dates of those events.

Information About Your Medical Condition

Next, the SSA will want to know about your medical condition that causes you to be disabled. They will ask you to provide the name and contact information of someone who is familiar with your disability that they can contact if you need assistance with your claim. They will also ask you to list all of your medical conditions, injuries, and illnesses that prevent you from working. You must also provide the contact information for any physicians, hospitals, and/or clinics and the date of service for any medical treatment you have received. You should also provide information about any medications you may be taking and any medical tests you have had done.

Work History

Lastly, the SSA will want to know about your work history. You will need to provide them with your annual income from the prior year and current year, the name and address of your employer, the dates of enlistment and discharge if you were active duty in the military prior to 1968, and information about any type of workers’ compensation benefits that you plan on applying for. You will also have to list up to five of the jobs that you did in the 15 years prior to you becoming disabled.

Speak With Our Chicago, IL Social Security Disability Attorney Today

Getting a denial from the SSA for disability benefits can be frustrating, especially when you really need those resources. Before you apply for disability benefits, you should speak with a knowledgeable Cook County Social Security disability lawyer. At Pearson Disability Law, LLC, we can help you understand what information the SSA will be looking for. To schedule a free consultation with our team, call our office today at 312-999-0999.

 

Sources:

https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/disability/

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