The Social Security Administration offers a few ways of applying for Social Security Disability benefits – by mail, over the phone, online, or in person. You may also choose to apply via a combination of methods, but once you've made an appointment for either a visit to or a phone call with your local office, you must keep that appointment and prepare for your interview. You can, however, start the application process online via www.ssa.gov if you have access to a computer.
Following is an overview of how to prepare for your interview.
Medical and Job History Information
If you can't complete the medical and job worksheet online, you can ask the SSA to send you a disability starter kit, which includes that document. You'll need to provide the following information on the worksheet:
If you have a phone interview, you'll need this worksheet in front of you for your call. And if you can't provide all of this information, an SSA official will help you complete this form over the phone or in person.
Even when you are able to complete the medical and job worksheet, the SSA might ask to review your medical records' so if you have an in-person interview, take with you any medical documents you have.
Proof of Identity
You will need documents that prove your identity, such as:
The SSA will ask numerous questions about your family, including any former spouses you may have. Be prepared to provide:
The SSA will ask for documentation regarding any other benefits or assistance you are currently receiving, or expect to receive, including benefits provided by an employer, the government, workers' compensation, an insurer, pension, or investment.
You must provide information for an emergency contact, and if you have a bank account and prefer direct-deposit of your disability checks, you'll need your account number and your bank's nine-digit routing number.
Getting Help With Your Claim
The process for applying for SSD can be overwhelming, especially for people who are in poor health. Contact an experienced SSD attorney if you need someone to assist with your application.