Getting Ready To File For SSDI Benefits

If you are unable to work and have decided to file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, being prepared could pay off. This type of application can be confusing and requires a good bit of information and organization. For some tips on getting your SSDI application done correctly and accurately, read on. 

Preparation Steps for SSDI Benefits 

Here are some steps that a claimant can take to prepare for filing an SSDI claim:

  1. Gather medical records: SSDI claims are evaluated based on medical evidence. Collecting all medical records, including doctor's notes, test results, and treatments, can help support the claimant's case.
  2. Understand eligibility criteria: SSDI has strict eligibility criteria, including a work history requirement and a medical condition that meets the Social Security Administration's definition of disability. Understanding these criteria can help the claimant determine if they are eligible for benefits. It's a good idea to speak to a Social Security Administration (SSA) caseworker to learn more about work credits before filing.
  3. Consult with a Social Security Disability attorney: An experienced attorney can help the claimant understand the eligibility criteria, gather medical evidence, and prepare the application for SSDI benefits.
  4. Complete the application accurately: The application for SSDI benefits can be lengthy and complex. It's important to answer all questions accurately and completely. Providing as much detail as possible about the medical condition and its impact on the claimant's ability to work can strengthen the application.
  5. Follow up with medical providers: The Social Security Administration may request additional medical records or evaluations from the claimant's medical providers. It's important to follow up with providers to ensure they provide the requested information in a timely manner.
  6. Keep track of deadlines: There are deadlines for filing SSDI applications and appealing denied claims. Keeping track of these deadlines can help ensure the claimant doesn't miss any important deadlines.
  7. Be patient: The SSDI application process can take several months or even years. It's important for the claimant to be patient and follow up with the Social Security Administration regularly to check on the status of their claim.
  8. Don't give up: It's not unusual for SSDI applications to be denied. Speak to a Social Security attorney for help with a denied claim and the appeal hearing. 

Preparing for an SSDI claim requires organization, patience, and attention to detail. Working with an experienced attorney can help ensure the claimant meets all eligibility criteria and provides the necessary medical evidence to support their claim.