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What information do you need when applying for SSDI?

Living with a disability can be something that many Virginia residents have done their entire lives, or a disability may have come about later in life due to injury, illness or conditions associated with older age. If you have recently found yourself living with a disability, you may not have the ability to work in the same manner you did before. In fact, you may not be able to work at all.

The idea of not generating an income may understandably leave you feeling stressed. However, you may qualify for assistance through Social Security Disability benefits. Of course, it is not always easy to obtain these benefits, even when needed.

How can you seek benefits?

In an effort to obtain SSDI benefits, you will need to file an application with the Social Security Administration. You can complete the application online, over the phone or at a local Social Security office. You certainly want to set yourself up for the best chance of an approved application as possible, so you may want to obtain the following information and documentation before completing your application:

  • Proof of your age
  • Your Social Security number
  • Laboratory and test results relating to your disability
  • Names and dosages of medications you take
  • Names and contact information for people and facilities who provided care for you in relation to your disabling conditions
  • Dates for when you received treatment and checkups
  • Information relating to the work you performed before your disability set in and the type of work you performed
  • Recent tax documents, like your W-2 or federal tax return

Of course, even with this information at the ready and a true need for SSDI benefits, the SSA could deny your application. If this happens, do not feel as if you have no other options.

What can you do after a denial?

In the event that the SSA denies your application, remember that the administration denies most first-time applications. You can take steps to appeal the decision by having the SSA review your application again.

Your disability may make it difficult for you to handle the necessary steps involved with applying for SSDI. Luckily, you do not have to try to complete the process, whether filing the initial application or handling a denial, on your own. Attorneys experienced in handling SSDI applications and helping individuals work toward the benefits they deserve could assist you throughout the process and better ensure that you present the best case possible for receiving benefits.

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