By: Disability Group
If you’re considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, the first step of the process is filing your initial application. The initial application consists of three main forms, but the lengthiest and most detailed of the three is the Adult Disability Report. This form asks you detailed questions about your medical information and past work history and is a big part of SSA deciding whether you are disabled or not. If you are preparing to complete this report, we’ve provided some tips on it to help you out.
- Thoroughly fill out your contact information so that Social Security Administration can ensure that all mail they need to send reaches you and so they can contact you if necessary.
- Provide an alternate contact person who knows your conditions well. SSA may be sending them forms to complete regarding your disabilities and it is best if they are very familiar with your conditions.
- Be sure to list everything that affects you. Many people list their main disabilities but neglect to write things such as headaches, nausea, anxiety, etc. that may also be preventing them from working.
- List all of the doctors you are currently seeing and all the doctors you have seen in the past for your disability. It is absolutely essential that SSA collect as many medical records of yours as possible. Fill out every doctor’s address and phone number to ensure they have no trouble requesting records. This is also the same for hospital visits.
- When listing your medications, it is very helpful to also list the dosage amount of each. This way, SSA is aware of exactly how much of each medication you must take each day to help your conditions.
- You must list the date you stopped working and whether you stopped working due to your medical conditions. If your conditions were bothering you and causing changes in your work performance before you stopped working, be sure to mark that.
- Be as detailed as possible when listing your job history. If you don’t have enough work credits earned, you will not be eligible for SSDI benefits.
- Be thorough and truthful with job details, as SSA will look over your past work activity to determine whether you can go back to that type of job or not.
- Remarks section, If there is anything the application did not ask you that you feel is important to tell SSA, you can write this in the Remarks section.
The initial application can be very daunting as it is a long process. Many people choose to hire an attorney before they file their initial application, as their attorney will do it with them step-by-step. Hiring an attorney will also ensure that no unnecessary delays are placed on your case and that all paperwork and medical records have been received.