When you become totally disabled, the last thing you want to deal with is filling out a confusing application for Social Security disability benefits.
Unfortunately, in order to get your bills paid and keep a roof over your head, getting through the application process is a necessary evil. If you're at the point where you've acknowledged that you need the financial assistance—but you're completely overwhelmed by the plethora of disability information out there—we want to help keep it simple for you. To begin with, there are certain basics you should be aware of.
What Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Is
SSDI benefits help replace a portion of your income that you have lost from not working. If you've been working for at least five of the last ten years, you've been paying into Social Security and should be entitled to benefits.
How Long the SSDI Application Process Can Take
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is working at becoming more efficient when it comes to reviewing SSDI applications, but it can still take a while. SSA officials recommend applying as soon as you become disabled because the entire process from application to approval or denial can take three to five months—more if you need to appeal a denied claim.
Supporting Documents Required for Your SSDI Application
There are numerous forms you're going to need to fill out when you're applying for SSDI benefits, but there are also various forms of documentation you're going to need as well. You'll need to supply the SSA with your:
- Social Security number
- Birth certificate or baptismal certificate
- Names and contact information for any health care professionals that have taken care of you. Include dates of visits and any other helpful notes.
- Any medicine you take, along with the prescribed dosage
- Medical records that you already have in your possession
- Lab or test results
- Past employment information, including summaries of where you worked and what you did there. You also need to supply a copy of your most recent W-2 form.
As we said before, the SSDI application process is long enough, but can take even longer if you need to appeal a denial. By working with an experienced Indiana SSDI attorney from the beginning, you will hopefully be able to avoid being denied and receive your disability benefits in a timely fashion. Contact The Law Office of Robert J. Hunt, LLC for a free consultation today.