Documents You Must Provide When Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

2 November 2020
 Categories: Law, Blog

Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits are often denied if applicants do not provide enough information. If you're in this position, you will need to include information about your work history and medical condition. To maximize your chances of approval, consider speaking to a Social Security Disability law attorney for advice.

Important Work Information to Provide

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will need to know about the amount of money that you earned this year and last year. Include a list of jobs that you've had in the last five years. Provide the name and address of your employer for this year and last year. Make sure to not forget anything even if you worked a temporary job or earned a little money on the side. If you're not sure if a piece of information is relevant or not, consult with a Social Security Disability law attorney. Provide any payment stubs if they're relevant.

Make sure to clarify whether you intend to file for any benefits such as workers' compensation or black lung. The type of benefits you receive can affect whether you will be qualified for SSDI benefits. You'll also want to provide evidence of receiving a settlement or any workers' compensation benefits.

Medical Papers

Make sure to include any adult disability reports that have information on any related illnesses, injuries, or conditions that you have. Then, provide any medical evidence that you have such as doctor's reports, test results, and medical records. A Social Security disability law attorney can help you know which documents are relevant to your case. 

Other Important Information

You must provide your name and Social Security number. You might need to provide your birth certificate or another proof of birth. If you were in the military, you may need to provide military discharge papers. You should confirm that you're an American citizen or explain your current citizen status. If you or someone in your family has filed for Social Security benefits before, you must also provide evidence of this.

Once you have all of the necessary documents, you'll be less likely to have your claim denied. However, if your claim is still denied, that doesn't mean that you have no hope of getting approved. When your attorney helps you gather the documents necessary to be approved, you will then be able to receive Social Security benefits. Then, you'll have access to more funds that will allow you to pay for everyday costs and medical expenses.