What To Do First When You’re Starting a Disability Claim
The Social Security Administration (SSA) says you can start your disability claim in three ways:
- Filling out an application online.
- Calling their toll-free number.
- Visiting your local Social Security office.
But you need to know that your real best move when you need to start may be calling a disability attorney.
When you’re ready to apply—whether it’s for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)—Social Security says you need information like this:
- Contact information for doctors, case workers and any other health care providers you’ve seen for the health problems that leave you unable to work
- Details about all the medications you’re taking
- Any records you have from visits to doctors, clinics and other care providers
- Medical test result documents
- Descriptions of your job, past jobs and what your work involved
- Tax forms to show your recent income
- Your Social Security number
- Proof of your age
The difficulty comes in when you consider that small mistakes in the information you submit can easily lead to your benefits being denied. In fact, Social Security denies most people when they first apply.
This is why you may want to work with a disability lawyer who handles your application for you. When health problems are draining your energy, organizing all of this information can feel like an extra burden, anyway. And for disability claims, you pay no attorney fee until you win benefits.
You can get started by having the lawyers at HNB evaluate your case for free.
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