Unfortunately, medical conditions and accidents rob millions of Americans each year of their ability to work. It’s for this reason the Social Security Act includes an insurance program called Social Security Disability Insurance, commonly known as SSDI.
Social Security will want several pieces of information from you, much of it personal information unrelated to your actual disability.
- Birth certificate; Permanent resident card number if you’re not a US Citizen
- Information about current and past marriages and divorces
- Information about your children who may be eligible for dependent benefits
- U.S. military service dates, duty and branch
- Employment information for the current year and prior 2 years
- Information needed to facilitate direct deposit, in the event your application is approved
Your medical information starts with a list of your medical conditions. Of course, you will need information about your doctors, hospitals, etc. that have treated you, this includes dates of treatment, names, addresses and phone numbers.
You also need to provide information about when your medical condition began to affect your ability to work, and the types of work you’ve done in the 15 years prior.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of what’s needed for the application process. And, with time and patience, most people can find all the information and submit it on their own. Unfortunately, though well aware of the application and honest and transparent about their conditions, many applications get denied.
That’s why it’s recommended that you obtain legal representation for your initial application. And if you’ve been denied, we can help you with the appeals process.