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What Information Is Needed to Apply for Social Security Disability?

What Information Is Needed to Apply for Social Security Disability?

Social Security disability benefits are available to people who cannot work because of a disability that is expected to last at least one year or result in death.

Although you're not required to use a Social Security disability lawyer when applying for SSD benefits, it's recommended. That's because many applications are initially denied because of incomplete or inaccurate information. Using an SSD lawyer helps increase the likelihood that your application will be approved without having to go through the appeals process.

Applying for SSD Benefits

You can apply for Social Security Disability online, by phone or in person.

According to the Social Security Administration, you'll need the following information to apply for disability benefits:

  • Personal information including your contact information and Social Security number
  • A copy of your birth certificate
  • Contact information for the healthcare professionals who have taken care of you and the dates of doctor's and hospital visits
  • Details about all medications you take
  • Medical records and laboratory test results
  • Details about the jobs you've held and work you did
  • A copy of your most recent W-2

There are additional forms that must be completed by the medical professionals who treat you.

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