S O C I A L  S E C U R I T Y  D I S A B I L I T Y

Social Security Disability (SSD) program was established to enable individuals who are physically or psychiatrically disabled to the point that they are unable to work with assistance to allow them to lead meaningful lives. As with so many well-intentioned governmental programs, however, the process of application and appeal can become bogged down in bureaucracy. For this reason it is important to have an attorney who specializes in SSD to help you navigate the system. Because the process of applying for and qualifying for SSD can be fairly slow, you should begin that process as soon as it becomes apparent that you are disabled.

In most cases, you must have accumulated enough working credits to qualify for SSD, but not earned over a certain amount of money. An adult who became disabled before turning 22 years of age can also qualify for SSD if his or her parent meets certain qualifications.


Information You Must Have to Apply for SSD

To apply for SSD you must have the following personal, medical, and employment information available:

Personal Information

  • Birth certificate or other proof of birth

  • Social Security number

  • Name, date of birth, and Social Security number of current or former spouse(s)

  • Date and place of marriage, divorce, or death of former spouse(s)

  • Names and dates of birth of any minor children

  • Bank account number and routing transit number to have benefits directly deposited

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status

  • Military discharge papers, if your service was before 1968


Medical Information

  • Contact info for someone who knows about your medical condition

  • Detailed information about your illnesses, injuries or conditions, including names, addresses, phone numbers, patient ID numbers and dates of treatment for each doctor, hospital or clinic

  • Names of all your medications and the physicians who have prescribed them

  • Names and dates of medical tests undergone, who prescribed them, and their results


Work Information

  • Amount of money you earned last year and so far during the current year

  • Name and address of employer(s) for this year and last year

  • Copy of your Social Security statement

  • Discharge papers for any active U.S. military service prior to 1968

  • List of jobs (up to 5) that you worked at in the 15 years before you became unable to work

  • Data about workers' comp or other government benefits you’ve applied for or received

  • W-2 forms, 1099s, or tax returns for the last year


You should not be surprised if your claim for SSD benefits is denied since 70 percent of SSD applications are not approved. It is crucial that you contact a skilled disability attorney to help with your appeal. You only have 60 days to appeal the decision so call us now.



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