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Social Security Disability – The Initial Application

Applying for Social Security Disability, here is the information you will need to provide to SSA over the course of the initial application

  1. Your contact information including Name, Date of Birth, address, phone number, and Social Security Number.
  2. The date you allege you became disabled. This is not always the last date you worked.
  3. The last date you worked
  4. The conditions that keep you from working.
  5. All types of jobs you have done over the last 15 years with descriptions of the way you performed the job.
  6. 1 or 2 people who know about your condition,
  7. Each doctor you have seen for your condition, including Name, Organization, Address, Phone Number, Date 1st seen, Date last seen, the medication the doctor has prescribed, tests ordered, and any future visits.
  8. The same information for any Hospital admissions, ER visits, or urgent care visits.
  9. The same information for any tests you had performed
  10. description of your daily activities
  11. description on how your condition keeps you from working

    Depending on the type of Application you may be able to file online, over the phone, or in person at your local Social Security office.  The online application can be found here

    It can take anywhere from 1 month to 6 months or more to get a decision on your initial application.  If you are denied you have 60 days to file an appeal.

    Remember  Social Security will not work to maximize your benefits.  They will work with the information you give them.  This may mean you do not receive benefits you are entitled to.  Also, Social Security trains their staff to start evaluating your claim from the minute you start the application.  They WILL make notes in your file on what the observe and hear during the application interview and you entering and leaving the office.