How do you prepare to file for Social Security Disability?

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2022 | Social Security Disability

When people in the San Diego area are injured or sick, they face limitations in every aspect of their lives. This includes their ability to work, which they need in order to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families. When injuries and illnesses prevent them from being able to work it can create financial difficulties in addition to the physical ailments.

Injuries and illnesses vary in severity and not all injuries or illnesses will prevent people from working for significant periods of time, but some will and if that occurs it can be absolutely devastating financially. That is why people who find themselves with long-term injuries and illnesses may be able to apply for and receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Information and documentation needed for SSD application

These benefits can provide monthly cash payments as well as make them eligible for reduced fee or free health insurance to pay for what can be very expensive medical bills. SSD benefits can be extremely valuable, however, not everyone who is unable to work for a significant period of time will qualify for SSD benefits. There is an application process and to help ensure success, people should be well prepared. This starts with gathering the information needed for the application which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of citizenship or lawful alien status
  • W-2s and tax returns for the last year
  • Complete a form that details one’s injury or illness and work history
  • Any medical records for the medical treatment to date
  • Proof of any personal injury settlements, workers’ compensation benefits or other benefits related to the injury or illness

It is not easy for people in the San Diego area to live with severe injuries or illnesses that prevent them from being able to work. That is why SSD benefits can be so valuable, but sometimes the application process takes time and can include needing to appeal initial denials. Experienced attorneys understand this process and may be able to guide one through it.