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What information is necessary in a SSD application?


When individuals in New York are suffering from a disability, they will seek to understand their options in the matter. Whether they were born with a disability or acquired one later in life due to an injury or illness, it is possible to utilize federal programs designed to help those living with disabilities. Nonetheless, many applicants are apprehensive about the process, hearing that it is lengthy, complex and likely to result in a denial. While many initial applicants are denied, this should not deter an applicant from sending in an application. By understanding what documents and information are required, and applicant could be better prepared to file a successful application or appeal.

What information is necessary in a SSD application? First, applicants should be prepared to answer questions regarding his or her personal information. This includes date of birth, place of birth and Social Security number. Additionally, if an applicant is married or has past spouses, he or she will need to include the name, Social Security number and date of birth of current and former spouses. An applicant should also include dates and places of marriage and dates of divorce or death if applicable. Other needed personal information include the names and date of birth of any minor children and banking numbers of any financial accounts.

Applicants must also include information about their medical condition. This includes naming a person who knows about your medical condition, supplying their name, address and phone number. Additionally, you will have to provide detailed information regarding your medical illnesses, injuries or conditions. This involves listing your patient ID number and dates of treatment at all medical hospitals and clinics, names of the medications being taken and the dates of any medical tests given and who authorized them.

Finally, applicants will have to provide detail information about their job. This includes information regarding their earned income last year and this year, the name and address of any employers for this year and last year, a copy of your Social Security Statement, a list of jobs you had in the 15 years prior to becoming disabled and any information regarding workers' compensation benefits received.

In order to evidence the information provided, applicants will also have to pride copies of various documents. This can become a lengthy process to collect all necessary information and documentation, thus, it is important that applicants understand their rights and how they could seek out help or assistance.

Source: Ssa.gov, "Disability Benefits," accessed June 11, 2017

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