What to Know About Applying For Social Security Benefits
When you sustain an injury or condition that renders you unable to work, it is a very difficult time. Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, is available to you depending on your working circumstances. SSDI in Maryland is similar to it in other areas of the United States. You need to understand the process and restrictions when applying for benefits. Call London Disability today for Free Case Review.
How do I know if I qualify?
a) Your condition must be severeThere are a couple of factors that go into whether or not your condition is considered severe. The first is that your condition must be the equivalent of one listed in the blue book. It contains specifics about tests and symptoms of conditions. It can help you understand how your condition will be evaluated by the Social Security Administration, or SSA.
Another factor is the expected duration of your condition. Your condition must be expected to last at least 12 months or be a terminal condition. This needs to be an official diagnosis from your doctor and you will need to provide medical documentation as noted below.
b) You must be a certain ageThere are different rules for a child who is disabled, but for others, you must be at least 18 years old. You need to be considered an adult.
How do I complete the application process for Social Security Disability Benefits?
a) Through an appointmentYou will need to complete an application. One way to do this is by appointment. This can either be over the phone or in person at a local Social Security office. Call 1-800-772-1213 to make either of these appointments.
b) OnlineIt’s important to applying as soon as possible because it can take a while to get approved. The fastest way to do this is by applying online. Go here to complete this. What’s nice about doing your application online is that you can do it at your convenience. You also don’t have to do it all at once if you don’t have the time to work through it all. You can start it and come back and finish it at a later time if you have to.
What information do I need to provide?
a) Personal informationThe first category of information that you will need to provide is personal. This includes your birth information and Social Security number. You will also need this information about any spouse or children that you have as well. Have your proof of birth or citizenship ready.
b) Medical informationYou will need to provide evidence about your official diagnosis, treatments, tests and doctor visits. This is the area to really be thorough and include as much information as possible. Have your medical evidence ready.
c) Work informationYou will also need to provide information about your work and why you are no longer able to function well enough to work. Have your W-2 forms, pay stubs and letters from you and coworkers about why you can no longer perform your job duties.
If you have any questions about the