Applying for a disability benefit these days is easier than it used to be. You can begin the process by calling in, visiting your local Social Security office or going on their website. Then, you need to submit your Social Security number, followed by other documents proving your eligibility. Here is a list of files you will need to present:
- Birth certificate
- Proof of citizenship if not a U.S. citizen
- Discharge papers if you served in the military before 1968
- Tax returns from the previous year if self-employed
- W-2 forms
- Adult disability report showing your health conditions, injuries and work record
- Medical documents, including test results and health records
- Proof of permanent or temporary workers’ compensation-type benefits
Having these papers ready can help speed up the process. Likewise, you may need to provide more paperwork depending on the details of your case.
What happens if I do not have these documents?
These files hold information about your disability, which can support your case. If you miss any documentation, your chances of rejection might increase. In fact, not having enough paperwork is one of the top reasons why disability benefits claims get denied.
Before sending in your application, take note of other requirements you might need to submit. Also, put together reports or records you already have at home. Make sure you keep any evidence that indicates your diagnosis and its implications. This applies more so for conditions that are not easily visible, such as chronic pain, internal health problems and mental disabilities.
Complete documentation can help
Filing an application is usually quick, but most claimants spend a long time trying to provide all the necessary information. Even so, you cannot eliminate the risk of denial. But by preparing supporting evidence in advance, you can increase your chances of getting approval.