SSDI application what do I need?Although the SSA has made it easier to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits online or in person, there are still certain things SSDI applicants must do to expedite the SSDI application process. For instance, disability applicants must provide specific documents to the SSA and answer certain questions to ensure the SSDI application process goes as smoothly as possible.
How can I apply for SSDI benefits?
According to the SSA you can apply for SSDI benefits either online at www.ssa.gov or by calling the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). The SSA states that you do not need an appointment to submit your SSDI application, but it is a good idea to schedule one to ensure your wait time will be limited. Keep in mind, however, millions of SSI and SSDI applications are submitted each year, and the application process can be complicated and cumbersome.
How can I speed up my SSDI application?
The SSA spends countless hours trying to track down missing and incomplete information on disability applicants applications. So if you want to reduce your wait time one of the best things you can do is be prepared. Whether you call and talk to someone, visit the SSA office, or submit an SSDI application online, you will need to have the following information available:
- Birth certificate or other proof of birth (this must be an original);
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status if you were not born in the United States;
- U.S. military discharge paper(s) if you had military service before 1968;
- W-2 forms(s) and/or self-employment tax returns for last year;
- An Adult Disability Report that collects more details about your illnesses, injuries or conditions, and your work history;
- Medical evidence already in your possession (medical records, doctors' reports, and recent test results);
- Award letters, pay stubs, settlement agreements or other proof of any temporary or permanent workers' compensation-type benefits.
(Information above provided by the SSA)
Questions the SSA will ask for your SSDI application
Not only will you need to provide the appropriate documents to the SSA for your SSDI application, you will also need to be ready to answer questions.
For instance, the SSA will ask questions about the following: whether or not this is your first time to submit an SSDI application; whether you have used any other Social Security number; whether you or your spouse have ever worked for the railroad industry; whether you qualified for or expect to receive a pension or annuity based on your own employment with the Federal government of the United States or one of its States or local subdivisions; whether you have received workers compensation information, and information about your spouse.
Unfortunately, even if you provide all of the appropriate information and answer all of the questions it can still take months or years to receive benefits. Many claimants wonder why it takes so long. Although the number of claimants who submit an SSDI application is one of the main reasons for the delay, it is not the only one. Delays can also be caused from waiting for doctors to send your medical records or appealing an SSDI denial.