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In your initial application for Social Security disability benefits, you have to prove that you have worked for a significant amount of time in jobs with Social Security coverage. You must also prove that you have a disability that prevents you from working, and that this disability will last for at least one year (or is expected to be fatal).

How Will You Prove This?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is not going to take your word for it. Instead, you must present evidence that supports your claim.

To complete the Social Security disability benefits application process, you will need the following information:

  • Your Social Security number, as well as Social Security numbers for your spouse and dependent children.
  • Your birth certificate.
  • Proof of United States citizenship, or proof of lawful alien status if you were not born in the United States.
  • Your tax information from last year.
  • Military discharge information, if applicable.
  • Contact information for a doctor or other professional who is familiar with your disability.
  • Contact information for any medical professionals, hospitals, or doctors’ offices that have treated you.
  • A list of your medications and the doctors who prescribed them.
  • A list of medical tests, test results, and the person who ordered the tests.
  • A summary of your job history, including your last five employers in the last 15 years.
  • Any information on past workers’ compensation claims filed.

Other information may also be required by Form SSA-16 and the Adult Disability Report that accompanies that form.

In order to get the benefits that you deserve, your application must provide the SSA with the evidence that it needs to find in your favor.

If your initial SSDI benefits application has been rejected or if you have other questions or concerns with your case, contact a board-certified disability lawyer today for assistance. We will fight hard to get you the fair Social Security disability benefits that you deserve.

Morgan & Weisbrod LLP

by Paul B. Burkhalter
Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.


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