Q What Information Do I Have to Provide About Myself for an SSDI Claim?
You want your SSDI claim to be as strong as possible so it won't be denied the first time around. Because of this, you have to provide a lot of information, some of which might surprise you.
The Social Security Administration will already have your detailed work history as well as money you've paid into the system over your lifetime. This information is used to make sure you qualify to receive SSDI in the first place, and to estimate your monthly payout. You should review the information and make sure it's correct. You can view your Social Security statement online.
You'll need to provide detailed medical records from doctors, hospitals, treatment providers, and anyone else you've consulted. This documentation is the basis of what the Social Security Administration will be looking at to qualify your claim.
You want to be able to show your disability is severe enough to prevent you from working, is long-term in nature, and that you're doing everything you can to manage it. Your doctor will probably be contacted directly, but you still want to make sure the information has made it to the SSA.
If your disability doesn't automatically qualify you for SSDI, you'll most likely need to show it prevents you from working in your field and that it wouldn't be possible to retrain you for a different position. Some factors that can help prove this are your experience, education, and age.
Giving all this information can feel intrusive and be very difficult to gather. If you're denied SSDI the first time around, it is best to consult an SSDI attorney to help with your appeal. Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.