Tips on Filling Out Common Disability Forms from the SSA

By Disability Group

Many people who apply for disability benefits are aware that the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability process requires the claimant to fill out several forms regarding their basic information, medical conditions, medical providers, and past work history. These forms can be long, confusing, and often discouraging for those beginning the application process. However, if they are filled out in a correct and precise manner, they are an invaluable way for you to provide as much evidence as possible about your disability, and to ensure that your perspective is taken into consideration.

These forms are very specific in nature and ask very particular information. For this reason, it is important to answer every question thoroughly and in detail. Precision, detail, and honesty are the best policies when describing your conditions and information on these forms. Below are some of the most common disability forms and some helpful hints on completing them to help you out.

Form Helpful tips
Work History Form

  • Asks about jobs and duties for the past 15yrs.
You may not remember the exact dates and term of your various jobs. It is OK to estimate these things.

Be sure to include as much detail about the duties you performed on the job as you can.


Don’t Forget:

You may have had many different employers, but were performing the same job. Social Security is not as interested in the number of employers you’ve had but in the different types of work you performed.

Adult Disability Application

  • The main form required for submitting your initial application.
List all medical professionals, hospitals, or doctors that have treated you within the last year. Even if you think they aren’t relevant, missing records can be essential evidence for your claim.


Don’t Forget:

You must complete and submit this application to be considered. If you don’t receive a receipt or confirmation, it hasn’t been completed.

Child Disability Application When applying for benefits for your child you must provide financial information and social security numbers for the child’s parents. Having this and the child’s birth certificate can make the process of applying easier.


Don’t Forget:

It is very important to submit medical releases so that SSA can obtain confidential medical and educational information about your child’s disability. Without this release there will be no evidence to support your claim.

Request for Reconsideration

  • If you are denied, this is the first step of the appeal process.
Include only updated or additional medical information on your reconsideration application, as not to prolong the process by having Social Security request records they already have from your initial application.

All medical sources listed should be fairly recent. This is the same for medications and tests.


Don’t Forget:

You have to sign a new form SSA-827 Authorization to Release Medical Information to the Social Security Administration each time you file an application or appeal with SSA.