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Preparing to apply for Social Security Disability benefits

In a previous post we discussed the criteria necessary to obtain Social Security Disability benefits. If you are unable work due to your disability and your disability is expected to last a year or lead to death, you may qualify to receive SSD benefits.

The easiest and fastest way to apply for SSD benefits is online. If you want to apply over the phone or in person, you may contact 1-800-772-1213 or visit your local Social Security Office. If you're applying online, you'll need personal information as well as information from your disability report.

You will need to provide the dates of all your marriages and divorces, the names and birthdays of your husband or wife and all minor children, your military service discharge information if applicable and, if you are requesting direct deposit, your bank account number and routing number.

In addition, you will need information from your disability report, including the following: the names and contact information of someone who can discuss your medical condition with a Social Security Administration representative; contact information including names, patient ID numbers and treatment dates of all medical service providers with experience with your condition; a list of prescriptions you are on, as well as the prescribing doctor for each; a list of all medical tests, including the date and doctors; a list of your jobs going back 15 years prior to the disability; and a list of workers' compensation or insurance claims, including the claim name and number and contact information of the insurance company that handled the claim.

Obtaining SSD benefits is not easy, and it can actually be intimidating at times. It is important to make certain you have all the necessary paperwork and information handy to assure a smooth application process.

Source: . Findlaw.com "How to Prove Disability" Accessed June 23, 2015.

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