The Administration requires slightly different things depending on the benefits being sought. In applying for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits, you will typically be asked for the following:
- Social Security number;
- Birth certificate or other evidence of your date of birth;
- If you were born outside the United States, you will need proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status;
- Military discharge papers, if you were in the military service;
- Bank account information;
- Information on doctors, hospitals or clinics that have treated you;
- Names of all medications you are taking; and
- A copy of your W-2 Form or any other employment information.
If you have had a worker’s compensation claim, you will need settlement papers and/or award letters related to this claim.
If you are applying for disabled widows/widowers benefits, you will need copies of your marriage license and divorce decree (if applicable).
Additionally, many people who apply for SSDI benefits are also eligible for at least some benefits under SSI. Generally, it is a good idea to put in a claim for SSI benefits, even if you are also eligible for SSDI benefits. To file for SSI, you will need:
- Proof of income;
- Proof of living arrangements(e.g. lease agreement); and
- Proof of resources, including bank account statements, life or disability insurance policies, vehicle titles or registrations, burial plot contracts, property deeds, certificates of deposits, stocks, bonds (all must be original documents or certified copies-no photocopies).
- Aside from financial documents, they will also need SS card, proof of age, citizenship, medical sources and medications, and work history.
The Donati Law Social Security lawyers are experienced in the area of Social Security Disability law. With over 100 years of legal experience in Social Security matters, the attorneys of Donati Law can help you achieve results. The administrative process is complex, and the majority of people who apply for Social Security disability benefits are initially denied. Without the benefit of legal representation, the process can be overwhelming.