If you have a disability and cannot work, you may be eligible for SSDI or social security disability insurance. Before receiving SSDI, you must prove to the Social Security Administration that you should have it.
To apply for SSDI, you will need to provide a variety of information about yourself.
Information for the SSA
Create a checklist to remember to provide enough information to the SSA. You will need to provide information about yourself, including your name, social security number, birth date and place. Married people must provide identifying information for spouses, former spouses and children under 18.
Additionally, include information about the money you earn each year, your employers’ names and addresses and all of the jobs you held in the 15 years before you became disabled. Lastly, give the SSA information about your medical providers so that agents can reach out to ask questions about the application. Your medical information should include the names, numbers and addresses of medical facilities along with a detailed description of your medical conditions and injuries.
Documents to show the SSA
If you want to prove that you should receive SSDI, you must prove who you are. You must include your birth certificate, proof of citizenship and any W-2 forms or self-employment tax returns. Additionally, if you served in the military, including your discharge papers if you served before 1968.
If you received workers’ compensation or a settlement, include proof with your documentation.
If you have a disability, you should apply for benefits as soon as possible. The SSA may help you obtain the documentation if you do not have it.