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Do You Know What You Need To Apply For Disability Benefits?

Cutter Hall Karlock, LLC April 12, 2018

If you are unable to work due to a medical condition or serious injury, you could qualify for financial support from the Social Security Administration. However, actually getting these benefits is not an easy process, and many Ohio applicants find themselves disappointed to learn their application came back denied.

People who believe they may have a valid claim to disability benefits, either Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance, may find it beneficial to first learn about eligibility for these benefits and how the application process works. Before you apply, there are certain things you need to prepare and documents you need to gather in order to complete the appropriate paperwork.

The details of the application process

Applying for the benefits you need can be a frustratingly complex process. However, you can reduce the chance of complications by knowing what to do to prepare a strong claim. The basic things you need as you complete your claim for disability benefits includes the following:

  • Proof of your age, including your Social Security number

  • List of medications you are currently taking and the dosages

  • Lab results and results from any tests related to your disabling condition

  • All contact information for your doctors, care providers and hospitals where you sought treatment

  • The dates of any hospitalizations

  • A summarization of the types of jobs you had and the work you did before the onset of your disabling condition

  • Appropriate tax return information

In order for a person to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, a person must have a qualifying medical condition. The types of benefits for which you may qualify depend on your work history and financial circumstances.

Most people applying for benefits find it helpful to seek guidance as they work for the financial support they need. You may not be able to work, but there are options available to you.

Where should you start?

It can be disheartening to find yourself unable to work because of a medical condition that you cannot control. In addition to the physical impact of your disability, it can also lead to financial suffering as well. At this point, you may need to explore your options for disability benefits.

It is not easy to get benefits, and most first-time applications are not successful. A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand eligibility requirements and what you need to apply for these benefits.