7 Most Important Things You Need for Social SecurityBy Kenton Koszdin on April 27, 2020 | In Disability Insurance
If there’s anything 2020 has taught us as a nation, it’s that life is unpredictable and shouldn’t be taken for granted. While we’re still adjusting to our new normal, regular occurrences like work-related injuries or illnesses that can prevent you from working won’t take a vacation. According to a recent study, over 135 million workers filed for and obtained workers compensation after a work-related injury in 2015 alone, not including illnesses developed as a result of work-related duties.
If and when injury or illness strikes, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. However, navigating the process of applying for SSDI benefits can be a daunting task! Make sure you have what you need before you get started. Being prepared can impact both the length of time it takes for your request to be processed, as well as if your request will be granted or denied. Start gathering the necessary information as soon as possible after your injury or illness occurs.
Here are the 7 most important things you will need when applying for SSDI benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA) official website:
- Your complete Social Security number.
- Your birth certificate or baptismal certificate.
- The contact information for any doctors, hospitals, caseworkers, or other medical professionals that have cared for you since the injury or illness occurred.
- Any medical records from the doctors, hospitals, caseworkers, or other medical professionals that have cared for you since the injury or illness occurred (in some cases, the SSA can facilitate records transfers directly).
- Any laboratory or test results.
- A document summarizing the positions you have held within the last five years, including the work you performed while in these positions.
- A copy of your most recent W-2 and/or your most recent tax return, if applicable.
All of the necessary forms to fill out for your disability claim will be available for you on the official SSA website.
In some cases, you may be asked to provide different or additional information than what is listed above. Be sure to follow the recommendations of the SSA regarding what information needs to be sent to process your disability claim.
Our attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys, understand how overwhelming this process can be. If you or a loved one are considering filing for Social Security disability benefits, an experienced California Social Security disability claim lawyer at Kenton Koszdin Law Office in Southern California is here to help. Contact us today at 800.438.7734 for a free consultation.