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Preparing for the application and interview process for benefits

There is a lot to know about the Social Security disability application process and to be prepared for when applying for disability benefits. Suffering with a disability can certainly be stressful. The change from working to being unable to work because of a disability can be a challenging one. Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are a good option for disabled individuals to consider. As a result, disabled individuals should be familiar with how to navigate the application process for disability benefits, including the interview process.

There are a variety of questions the applicant for SSD benefits should expect to be asked and be prepared to answer. Because eligibility for disability benefits is based on work history and the nature of the medical condition the disabled individual suffers from which prevents the disabled individual from working, the applicant should be prepared to provide the dates they last worked. They should also be prepared to provide the names, dates of visits and contact information for doctors and the names of medications the applicant takes and medical tests they have had performed. Applicants for Supplemental Security Income should be prepared for different questions.

SSD benefits provide help when a severe disability prevents the applicant from working. In general, to qualify, the applicant for disability benefits must suffer from a physical or mental medical condition that is so severe it prevents them from working. To qualify for disability benefits, the medical condition must be expected to last for 12 months or longer or result in death. The applicant must also have sufficient work history, though other options may be available if they do not have sufficient work history to qualify.

SSD benefits can be vital for many individuals suffering with a disability that prevents them from working. As a result, they should be thoroughly prepared for the application process to obtain the benefits they likely badly need.

Source: DL-Online.com, "Tips from Social Security to prepare for your disability interview," Patty Hoffman, Feb. 17, 2017

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