Applying for disability benefits in the U.S.A. can be a long process in which many people face different difficulties and often have questions about how to move forward. In this blog, we will explore what information is needed in order to start applying for disability benefits in the U.S.A., and how a disability attorney can assist you through the process and provide the best guidance.
How to Apply for Disability Benefits in the U.S.A.
If you become disabled and are unable to work due to a medical condition, and do not expect to work for 12 months, you may be eligible for disability benefits through social security. SSA has additional medical and nonmedical rules in order to qualify for the two programs SSA has available for disability benefits (SSDI and SSI). In order to apply for these benefits, you must fill out an application and submit it to SSA, this can typically be done online or in an SSA office. If you are ready to apply, contact one of our professionals at Casa de la Justicia and we will help you initiate the process.
Information you will need to complete your application includes details surrounding your identify (parent’s names, place of birth, SSN, address, full name, dates of marriage, etc.), details about your past work, contact information of any medical providers you’ve seen since you’ve stopped working, any medications you’re taking, your conditions and details about why those conditions prevent you from working.
What is Needed to Apply for Disability Benefits in the US
The first step is filling out an application. To do this correctly you will need several documents and information. Your attorney will guide you on this, as you would need to gather the following information. While Casa de la Justicia will actually fill out the application online that is in English, you will need to provide them with the following:
- A copy of your Social Security number and proof of your age;
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of doctors, caseworkers, hospitals, and clinics that took care of you and the dates of your visits;
- Names and dosages of all the medications you are taking;
- Medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics, and caseworkers, that you already have in your possession;
- Laboratory , x-ray and test results;
- A summary of where you worked and the kind of work you did;
- Your most recent W-2 form or, if you were self-employed, a copy of your federal tax return.
As regards information about family members, it is important that you present proof of marriage, as well as dates of prior marriages, if applicable.
The documents you may need to show the SSA must be original documents or copies certified by the issuing office. You can mail or bring them to Social Security, and they will make photocopies and return your original documents. However, if you don’t have all the documents you need, don’t delay filing for benefits. We will help you get the information you need.
Disability Attorney in the US
At Casa de la Justicia, our professional team has experience in assisting people in the US to obtain disability benefits approval. We can guide you in the online application for benefits and help you complete the form. As many people unfortunately have their applications denied, we are here to take your case and assist you in the process of appeal, as you have the right to ask the SSA to look at your application again.
We take pride in assisting members of the community in receiving the benefits and assistance they need. Contact us today by clicking on the button below and receive the assistance that you are looking for. Or call 1-800-840-4040 to make your virtual appointment for free.