Wondering how to apply for Social Security benefits? There are two ways to apply, one by yourself or two, be represented by an advocate. The number of forms and information you need to fill can be overwhelming when done by yourself. Here’s some help on when and how to process your claim quickly as well as the kind of information you will need to keep handy.
When to Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance
You should apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI, also sometimes referred to as Social Security Disability, SSD) as soon as you become disabled and have knowledge that this disability will prevent you from working for at least one year. If you meet the eligibility, your application could take 3 to 5 months to process so starting early will make sure you get your benefits early. SSDI benefits will only kick in 5 months after your disability and the interim time can best be used by getting your application processed.
How to Process Your Claim Quickly
SSDI claims often take longer to process than other Social Security claims. To help the application process move smoothly and quickly, working with Disability United will speed up the process. Just remember to keep the documents below ready during your free evaluation with us:
Information Needed About you:
- Your social security number and proof of your age (a birth certificate or any religious document to show your age before you were 5 years old);
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of doctors, hospitals, clinics and institutions that treated you and the dates of treatment;
- Names of all medications you are taking;
- Medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics, and caseworkers;
- Laboratory and test results;
- A summary of where you worked and the kind of work you did;
- Your most recent W-2 form, or your tax return if you’re self-employed.
Information Needed About your Family Members (check entitled family benefits):
- Social security numbers and proof of age for each person applying for disability benefits;
- Dates of prior marriages if your spouse is applying.
Remember, original documents or certified copies need to be submitted to the Social Security office either personally or by mail. The Social Security office will make photocopies and return the originals to you.
Don’t delay. Take your free evaluation now to see if you qualify for SSDI benefits.
If you or someone you know has been denied SSDI benefits and you want to make an appeal, contact us immediately using our free online consultation form.