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Applying for SSD and SSI benefits can be stressful because you may not know what you need. Likewise, you may not know what questions the SSA will ask you when you apply. The most important thing you can do is begin your application. You can apply online at the Social Security website. It is very easy to apply online. If you have a computer or a phone with the internet, you can access the SSA’s website. When you open the site, you will see a section that you can click on called “disability.” Click on the “disability” section and you will see a button that says, “apply for disability.” Once you click on that button, you have begun your application for SSD and SSI benefits.


Before you apply for Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income, make sure you have the information you need before you fill out your application.  You will need your personal information;  your Social Security number, birthday, marriage date, divorce date, parent’s names, and/or children’s names.You will also need, if you have one, your bank account information. If you do not have a bank account, this will not stop you from applying for benefits.

You may also need to provide a copy of your birth certificate.  If you have become a citizen of the U.S., you will need your official paperwork to submit along with your application.  Don’t let the lack of some of this information prevent you from applying for benefits.  Remember, every day you wait to apply for benefits is a day that you lose money.  Benefits are tied to the date that you apply, whether online, in the mail or by phone.


One of the main purposes of filling out SSA’s application for disability benefits is to provide them with your medical information. In order to obtain your SSD and SSI benefits, you must prove that you have an eligible disability. In order to prove disability, you must have objective medical testing and evidence that shows you cannot work due to your impairment. Your disability can be physical or mental or a combination of both. Either way, you will need medical evidence to prove your claim.

The application provides a place for you to fill out the names and addresses of your medical providers. For instance, you will need the name, address, and telephone number of your primary care provider. Also, you will need the same information for you psychiatrist, psychologist, or mental health counselor. Along that same line, you will also need to provide the information for your chiropractor or physician therapist.  If you have visits to the Emergency Room at a hospital or a hospital stay, you must also give them this information.

The reason that you must provide this information is simple. The SSA is going to contact your providers and request that they send them your medical information. Your medical information includes your progress notes, emergency room visits, and hospital stays. Your doctors progress notes tell you about your treatment and gives the opinion of your doctor. If you do not give the SSA all of the contact information for your providers, then they will not be able to collect the evidence that proves your disability case.


Once you have shown the SSA that you have a disability, the next thing you must prove is that it prevents you from working. First, you must show that you cannot return to any of your past jobs. Second, you must then prove that you cannot work at any job in the national economy.

Because one of the main issues in any disability claim is whether or not you can return to any of your past jobs,  the SSA will look closely at your work history. They will examine your earnings record. They obtain your earnings record from the I.R.S.. Any income that you have paid taxes on is on the earnings report.

The SSA will compare your I.R.S. earnings to the list of jobs that you report to them on your application. Therefore, it is important that you are ready to list all of the jobs that you have had for the past 15 years.  If you have worked full-time, for longer than 3 months, at any job – then you will need to provide that information to the Social Security Administration. It will be extremely helpful if you have a resume. If you do not have a written resume, that is fine. But you should be ready to give the name and address of companies you have worked for on your application. This is true even if you own your own company or have self-employment income.


Applying for benefits sounds hard, but it isn’t. If you go into the SSA application online and begin the application, but don’t have all of the information you need, you can finish it later. However, you will need a “re-entry number.” Once you fill out some of the basics, the SSA website will give you a “re-entry number.” Write it down. If you cannot finish your application all at once, then you can return to the online form and complete the application later. But you will need your re-entry number to do so.

In the past 30 years, we have won over 20,000 disability cases. We are the best at what we do. You need an attorney with experience to help you with your case, because you want to win you benefits. Don’t put your future income at risk, hire an attorney with the experience to get the results you need. For further information, please contact Cannon Disability Law.  We can help you apply for benefits and win your claim.

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