Once you determined that your injury is serious enough to prevent you from working at least a year, it is crucial to take the steps to apply for Social Security disability benefits.
Do so as soon as possible because it may take you more than a year to receive those benefits. But to even get to that point, you must apply. And you may apply online, via phone by calling 800-772-1213 or in person at your local Social Security office.
Personal, employment and medical information
Upon determining that you have a qualifying ailment for these much-needed benefits, promptly begin the application process. The first step is to gather the information and documents you need to apply.
You must provide personal information such as birth certificate, marital status, proof of citizenship and military discharge papers. The next list of documents needed pertains to employment. They include job history, information about your employer, W-forms and self-employment tax forms.
Finally, you must provide medical information such as evidence of your condition and a detailed list of records pertaining to examinations and medications.
Do not overlook receiving the help of an attorney if you deem the application too complicated and overwhelming. A skilled attorney who understands Social Security law will guide you through your application and provide additional direction if the SSA denies your application and an appeal is in order.
Check the status
And do not forget the status of your application by checking online or via telephone. Be thoughtful and diligent in the application process. After all, you need these benefits.