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Your Social Security Disability Application

If you are injured on the job, having access to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may be your and your family’s lifeline. However, obtaining SSDI benefits is subject to strict rules and documentation. Thus, it is crucial to avail the assistance of a reputable attorney well-versed in filing SSDI applications to ensure that you can maximize the potential of your application being accepted and granted in the first filing.

Given the importance of accessing this benefit along with the complex application form and requirements, it is crucial to present a complete, accurate, and well-supported application for your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application.

Here is some valuable information that could provide insight into what you need when filing for SSDI.

What Do You Need to File for Your Social Security Disability Application?

Generally, applications for SSDI benefits require basic background information, which includes but is not limited to, the applicant’s full name, their date and place of birth, determining questions whether they are entitled to a pension or annuity, and a description of their illness, injuries, or conditions that limit their ability to work.

Additional information required by the Social Security Administration for the filing of SSDI by the applicant may include:

  • Military Service discharge information for all periods of active duty
  • W-2 Form or if you are self-employed: IRS 1040 and Schedules C and SE from the previous filing year.
  • Social Security Number(s) of your spouse and minor children if any
  • Checking or savings account number and banking routing number, if you want your benefit checks to be sent via direct deposit.

In addition to the Application for SSDI Benefits, the Social Security Administration also requires applicants to provide the following documentation:

  1. The Disability Report – Adult
  2. The Work History Report
  3. Medical Authorizations

What is the Disability Report - Adult?

The Disability Report – Adult is a form required by the Social Security Administration where the applicant must provide the following information: 

  • Name, address, and contact information of a person that can vouch for the applicant’s medical conditions and assist with the claim.
  • Names, addresses, contact information, and dates of medical treatments provided by all doctors, clinics, hospitals, and medical professionals on the applicant.
  • A list of medications that the applicant is taking, as well as the prescribing medical professional’s information.
  • Names and dates of medical tests undertaken by the applicant, along with the information of the medical professional who requested the tests.

What is a Work History Report?

A Work History Report is a document the SSA requires as part of the applicant’s SSDI benefits application. This report consists of a detailed list of the applicant’s previous employment fifteen (15) years before they became disabled. Part of this list includes detailed information on the specific nature of each job and their respective work activities.

What Are Medical Authorizations?

Medical authorization is a form required by the Social Security Administration (SSA) signed by the application that allows medical records to be obtained by the SSA. This report is then used and serves as a basis for the SSA to determine if the applicant is eligible to collect SSDI benefits.

If you or a loved one is eligible to claim Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you can count on us to assist you in filing your claim. At McKown and Myers, it’s our job to help Hoosiers like you get the compensation they need to get medical treatment and support their families. We’re here to answer your questions about your SSDI application – call 765-668-7531 or complete our contact form below. There’s no obligation – we’re here to help.