How to apply for SSD benefits

On Behalf of | Jul 13, 2022 | Social Security Disability

Applying for Social Security disability benefits in New Jersey is a straightforward process. SSDI will pay benefits to you and certain family members if you have worked long enough to qualify. You will need to supply the necessary documents in order to prove your eligibility.

Steps of the SSD benefits application process

The first thing you should do when you apply for Social Security disability insurance is to make sure you have all of the necessary documents. You can print out the official Adult Disability Checklist that lists all of the documents and other information you will need in order to complete an application. Once you have done so, you can submit it.

Once they receive your application, Social Security will review it. This will be done in order to make sure that you meet certain basic requirements to receive SSD benefits. They will check how many years you have worked. If you pass muster, the case will be forwarded to the Disability Determination Services office in your state for a final decision.

What to expect after you apply

Once SSD receives your application, they will review it. They will contact you if they have any questions. This will also give you a chance to clear up any misconceptions you may have about the process. If any further info is needed, you may be requested to supply some additional documents.

After your application has been reviewed, you will receive a notification in the mail. This will inform you of the decision that the SSD office has come to. You can also check your status online or by contacting SSD via phone. If the decision should go against you, you have 60 days to file an appeal. Instructions for doing so are at the SSD website.