While it’s true that the more evidence you provide to the Social Security Administration (SSA), the better, it is important that you provide the right information in the right way.
More specifically, as you complete your application for Social Security disability benefits, you want to make sure that you provide all relevant information in an organized way and on the right forms.
You do not want to provide irrelevant information that dilutes the relevant information on your application or that could confuse the people who are making determinations about your eligibility or your appeal.
Wondering What’s Relevant?
The specific answer will depend on your medical condition and whether this is your initial application for eligibility or a review. Generally, you will want to make sure that you include detailed and organized information about:
- Your medical condition including the results of medical tests, relevant doctors’ notes and other information
- Your work and educational history
- Other evidence as requested by the SSA
Do not make the mistake of throwing a lot of unorganized or irrelevant data at the SSA. It will not help you. Instead, make sure you are filling out all of the forms completely and accurately and that you are clear in the reasons why you qualify for Social Security disability benefits. While you do not want to include irrelevant information, it is still important to include all relevant information so that a fair determination can be made.
For more information about the application and appeals processes, please read our FREE guide: Social Security Disability What You Need to Know.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.