How to Help Someone Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits OnlineBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on October 1, 2015 | In Social Security Disability
You can apply for adult disability benefits online if you are over the age of 18, are not currently receiving benefits on your own Social Security record, have an injury or illness that will prevent you from working for 12 months or more, and have not been denied disability benefits in the last 60 days. If you would like to seek support for your injuries, or if you would like to help someone apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you should go official website of the Social Security Administration (SSA).
First, you should utilize the Adult Disability Checklist. It provides you with the list of things you need to apply for disability benefits. You should gather these items before beginning the application process. Then, you should fill out the online application for benefits.
While applying for Social Security benefits, you will need:
- Your personal information. You will need to know your place of birth and Social Security number, your name, names and dates of birth of your spouse and children, and your banking information.
- Proof of your medical condition. A big part of the application process is proving that your medical condition prevents you from working. You will need detailed information that documents your condition, including the medicines you are taking, the tests your have received, the doctors who have treated you, and the times you have gone to the hospital.
- Your work history. You will need to know the amount of money you earned this year and last year, and information for your recent employers.
You will be able to complete much of the application process online, but some documents will need to be mailed to the SSA. They accept photocopies of W-2 forms, medical records and tax returns, but they will need original documents of certain items such as your birth certificate.
It’s best to apply online because it starts the claim process immediately. You will not need to wait for an appointment or for your mail to send. You can apply from your home and you can re-visit your application multiple times before submitting it. DO NOT hesitate to seek out legal guidance throughout the claim process to reduce your chances of having your claim denied.