Many initial applications for Social Security disability benefits are denied. For that reason, disabled individuals seeking Social Security disability (SSD) benefits should be familiar with the application process so they can submit the strongest application possible.
Social Security disability application process requirements
There is certain information that disabled applicants should know to collect and may be asked to provide as part of their application for Social Security disability benefits including:
- Employer or self-employment information for two years prior to the application for SSD benefits;
- Job history including previous 5 jobs or past 15 years of employment history;
- Any education or training the applicant has received;
- List of medical conditions;
- List of medical care providers, treating hospitals and clinics; and
- Medical records
How the application for benefits is reviewed
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will initially review a completed and submitted application for basic requirements. In addition to the above information, disabled applicants will need to supply basic personal details about themselves such as name and address. The SSA will then check to determine if the applicant worked enough years to qualify for benefits and evaluate the disabled applicant’s current work activities. The application is then forwarded to the disability office in the applicant’s state where a decision is made.
Qualifying for Social Security disability benefits may be an option disabled individuals are relying on. As a result, they should know what it takes to be eligible to receive benefits and what is required to apply for benefits. They should also be familiar with the different appeals options should the need to appeal the outcome of their application process becomes necessary.