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Gathering the right information to apply for SSD benefits

Aug 17, 2023 |

When Ohio workers are facing the prospect of having to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, they probably have more questions than answers. Anyone who has had any exposure to a government-run benefit program probably knows what to expect – long wait times, multiple forms of varying degrees of decipherability and the uncertainty of trying to determine whether or not you have checked every box to get things done correctly.

So, how can you prepare to get it right the first time when it comes to applying for SSD benefits?

For starters, you should get to know what type of information and documentation you need to gather so that you are as prepared as possible before you take that first step in the application process.

The right information

As the Social Security Administration notes on its website, you need to have the obvious identification materials, such as your Social Security Number and birth certificate, for example.
From there, the information and documentation you will need to gather will be unique to you: contact information for your healthcare providers; information on medications; previous medical records; employment records; and your tax information, among other possible information.

Navigating the SSD benefits system can be confusing. And, on top of that, you will need to present your information and situation to the Social Security Administration in such a way that there is as little doubt as possible about your eligibility for SSD benefits. With the right information and assistance with the application process, you can get off to the best possible start.