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What information is needed when filing for disability benefits?

It's said that the devil is in the details, and when a person is in need of Social Security disability benefits in Kissimmee, this is completely accurate. Failing to have all the necessary information when seeking SSD benefits and meeting all the requirements according to federal regulations might mean the difference between getting an approval and being denied. Even those who are clearly disabled might find themselves needing to appeal a denial if they don't understand the information that must be provided to the Social Security Administration.

When there is a claim made for Social Security disability benefits, it will generally take a greater amount of time for it to be processed than other claims made to Social Security. You might have to wait between three and five months. In order to make sure that the shortest amount of time passes before receiving a decision, it is wise to have all the important information that the SSA will require to process the application without unnecessary delays.

You should bring your Social Security number and proof of your current age. Provide the SSA with all the vital information as to your medical care including the contact information of clinics, hospitals, doctors and caseworkers who assisted you. List the medications you are taking, if any, and how much. Provide the medical records from your treatments. Have your test results and laboratory work available to give to the SSA. Provide a summary of the kind of work you did, for how long and what your duties were. Bring a copy of the most recent W-2 tax form or, in the event you were self-employed, a federal tax return.

If you have family members who are seeking benefits, their information -- age, Social Security number -- must be provided. Bring a marriage license if you are married and a spouse is seeking benefits.

The documents must be originals or copies that have been certified as valid. They can be mailed or brought to the Social Security office directly. While it might seen intimidating to have to deal with all of these issues when seeking SSD benefits, it's necessary to complete the process properly to ensure the greatest potential to getting an approval. Of course, this can all be made easier when applying by seeking assistance from a legal professional experienced in helping clients secure Social Security disability benefits.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Disability Planner: How You Apply For Disability Benefits," accessed on Mar. 24, 2015

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