What Should I Bring to My Social Security Disability Interview?By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on December 5, 2012 | In Social Security Disability
Once you apply for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, you may be asked to attend an interview at a Social Security Administration (SSA) office. Your California SSD benefits attorney can help you prepare for this interview. You should plan to bring along several key pieces of information, including:
- Any medical records you currently have;
- Workers’ compensation information, like the settlement agreement, date of your injury, claim number, and proof of payment amounts, if the injury was suffered on the job;
- Your spouse’s and children’s (if any) names and dates of birth;
- Dates of marriages and divorces, if any;
- The account number and routing number for your checking or savings account so that if you are awarded benefits, they can be deposited directly into your account; and
- Contract information for someone you trust to discuss your case with the SSA, if the SSA cannot reach you.
The SSA may also send you one or more forms before your interview. If you receive these forms, fill them out and bring them to your interview.
Even if you don’t currently have all this information, it’s wise to apply for disability benefits as soon as you think you need them. You can collect the remaining pieces of information after you file your initial application for benefits. If you’re filing online, the SSA may ask you to include this information on your online disability benefits application, or to send it as soon as possible once you’ve obtained it.