When people discuss social security, they are usually referring to benefits for elderly retired individuals. However, there is also Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, which covers adults of any age who meet certain requirements.
There is an online application you may use to request SSDI aid if you are at least 18, have not received a disability denial within the past 60 days, do not already have Social Security benefits and cannot work due to a condition that is projected to last a minimum of 12 months or end in death. There are some things you may wish to gather beforehand to ease the process.
1. Documents demonstrating proof of eligibility
You might need to produce documents as evidence of birth and medical disability, such as birth certificates and doctors’ notes. Tax forms like W-2s, any papers documenting previously awarded worker’s compensation and some form of verification of lawful residency or citizenship are examples of other necessary papers. If you served before 1968, you may also need to provide military discharge papers.
2. Work information
You will also need to have your employment information (employee names, workplace locations and earning details) readily accessible. They need to cover jobs you have had in the fifteen years prior (maximum of five).
3. Personal information
The form may also request details about spouses and children, both past and present, and doctors. Any files you have on past medical treatments, tests and medications are also useful to have nearby. It is also helpful to have someone who knows about your medical history to contact for aid in filling out the application.
It is a good idea to have all of these things at hand when completing the online application. It may make the activity considerably faster and less frustrating.