Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be a daunting and often confusing process. Follow these seven steps to make sure you have everything you need for a complete application.
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7 Steps to Prepare Your SSDI or SSI Benefits Application
- Prepare ahead for your application. Prepare ahead of time for nerve-racking interviews with a claims representative and make sure you have everything you'll need before you even enter the interview.
- Consider gathering your own medical records. This can help prevent a slowdown in your application process while waiting for medical records. If you do gather your own, make sure that all sources of treatment are included, everything is up to date, and the records go back to the very beginning of your disability.
- Get your pain symptoms on record. If you have serious pain, it is recommended to list it in your application, but you should also make sure that it is included in your medical record documentation.
- Never minimize your pain or symptoms. Minimizing your pain or symptoms could make it seem like your issues are less than they really are.
- Always list all of your medical conditions, physical and mental. Make sure to include all medical conditions and symptoms in order to paint a complete picture of your situation in your application. These details go a long way in describing your limitations.
- Medical records can play an important role in your application. Mentioning your limitations during visits with your doctors can help in getting them included in your medical records, which will be looked at in your application.
- Provide details of your work history. A comparison will be made based on what you are capable of doing now and what you were doing at your last job to determine if you are capable of doing the same job.