What Do You Need Before You Apply For SSDI?

Posted on: 15 October 2021

It's helpful to assemble the below information before you start working on your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Submitting a complete application might help you get approved for benefits faster. The Social Security Administration (SSA) needs to learn a lot about your recent job, your medical conditions, and more, so take a look at this list and get started on your application today.

Information About You

The SSA will ask you your name and Social Security number, along with things like your address and where you were born. The name of your spouse and even any ex-spouse is needed along with the names of all of your children. You will need the Social Security numbers of all of those people, too, and the dates of your marriages and any applicable divorces. If you were ever in the military, you should have your start and discharge dates ready.

Your Work Information

This section of the application can take a while since many people don't necessarily have past employment information at hand. You will need the employer, dates of employment, and contact information for every job you have held in the past several years. Income from your most recent job is requested, and whether or not you have used workers' compensation or plan to apply for workers' compensation due to your job disability.

Medical Information

The most important and difficult part of the application is probably the section covering your medical condition. Unfortunately, it's this section that usually trips up applicants and causes their benefits to be denied. Be ready to explain and list the following information:

  • A list of medical conditions, injuries, and illnesses.
  • The names and contact information of your medical practitioners.
  • The names and addresses of all medical facilities, clinics, diagnostic testing locations, etc that have treated you for your condition.
  • A list of treatments, surgeries, and medications.

Get Additional Help

You don't have to deal with the complexities of the SSDI application on your own. Speak to a Social Security lawyer about assistance in making sure you have access to everything you need to complete the application so that you can be approved. If you are turned down, you can also count on the Social Security lawyer to stand by your side as you go through the appeals and reconsideration process. You can be approved for benefits if you know what the SSA is looking for, and Social Security lawyers understand the process and how to comply. Speak to a lawyer about your case and find out how easy it is to get the help you need with no upfront money needed.

Contact a local social security disability attorney to learn more.