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What information is needed when applying for SSD benefits?

When a person in Long Island suffers an injury or illness and cannot work, they may be concerned about their finances. How will they support themselves and their family? Not only does one have to pay for their everyday expenses, such as food, clothing and housing, but also their medical condition. These include doctor's bills and other associated costs. This situation can be especially trying if the illness or injury permanently keeps them from work. When this happens, a person may want to consider filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

While a person can apply for SSD benefits online, it is still important to prepare the necessary information to complete their application. For example, they will need to document whether they are married, when they last worked, when their injury or illness became disabling, the names and contact information of the physicians they have seen, when they visited their physicians for treatment of their disabling injury or illness and any medical tests they had and what medications they are on.

If a person is applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), there are other pieces of information that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will need. The applicant will need to supply information on who lives with them, information about their household expenses, their income and if applicable, their spouse's income and the value of their resources, such as savings accounts, automobiles and other assets.

Being prepared with the right information to fill out an application for disability benefits can help the process run smoothly. However, it is important that the application for disability benefits is as complete as possible as many applications are initially denied, necessitating an appeal. A Social Security Disability attorney can help people with a disability complete their application for benefits, to increase their chances for success and they can assist with the appeals process, if necessary.

Source: DL-Online, "Tips from Social Security to prepare for your disability interview," Patty Hoffman, Feb. 17, 2017

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