A successful disability application is which has been fulfilled properly and has minimum chances of being denied. It requires a vast know how of the dos and donots regarding your SSDI since only minor carelessness could be the reason of your application being denied.
The most difficult thing in your SSDI application is to prove your disability is severe enough to last at least 12 months, or unfortunately, result in death. When you are disabled, this may be a daunting task since you may already be under depression or anxiety due to your disability and its tolls on your life. Nonetheless, if you think that your disability is severe enough and prevents you from going to work or perform in substantial gainful activity, SGA, then you should apply for your disability benefits as soon as possible.
One common misconception people have is that they have to wait for at least 5 months since their disability to be able to file an application. That is not true. You should apply as soon as your disability and its severity are diagnosed because the time it takes for your application to be processed by the social security administration (5 months) will be counted as the time required for the waiting period of your disability (5 months).
Here are the documents you should have before filing your claim:
- Your Social Security number;
- If you were born outside the United States or its territories, the name of your birth country at the time of your birth (it may have a different name now), Permanent Resident Card number (if you are not a U.S. citizen);
- If you were in the military service, the type of duty and branch, and also your service period;
- Your W-2 Form from last year or, if you were self-employed, your federal income tax return (IRS 1040 and Schedules C and SE); Information about your illnesses, injuries, and conditions, including dates of treatment, and patient ID numbers; and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the medical providers who treated you;
- Names and dates of medical tests you have had and who requested the tests;
- Names of medicines you are taking and who prescribed them;
- Medical records that you already have; and
- A list of up to five jobs and dates you worked during the last 15 years.
You can go to your nearest social security administration office, or contact them through telephone 1–800-772-213, or apply online directly on the SSA's website.
To improve your chances of your initial claim to be accepted you need to make sure to collect and keep all of your medical records to be presented with your ssdi claim. For specific guidance on your situation, requirements and disability you can consult our social security attorneys to guide you through the process smoothly and minimize the chances of denial.