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What questions will I be asked on a phone interview with Social Security?

For the purpose of filing for SSD or SSI disability, the same questions will be asked whether your file by phone or in person. For that matter, the online disability application asks the same questions as well.

Generally, they will begin the interview with some questions about your personal life. For example, they will ask if you are married or have you been married to someone 10 years or more. If either of these apply, you will be asked to provide information about your spouse or ex–spouse. They will also ask you if you have any children under the age of 19 or adult disabled children. If you do, they will list them in your application.

While most of this is required for Social Security Disability (possible dependent benefits), the marriage information can be used to see if there may be Social Security entitlement for SSI beneficiaries who are not insured for SSD (spouse/divorced spouse). When you file for SSI, all potential Social Security entitlements must be addressed.

After they get this information, they may ask you questions about your living arrangements, personal property (cars, homes, bank account, etc). If you are filing for SSI, be prepared to give this information. SSI is a need based disability program therefore income and resources must be evaluated.

They will ask questions about your medical treatment history. Disability specialists prefer to have a at least twelve month medical history if possible. Therefore, your should be prepared to provide your treating professionals (doctors) names, addresses, dates of treatment, medications, and testing information to the claims specialist during your interview.

Additionally, Social Security requires an evaluation of your work history. Consequently, you need to give information about any work your performed in the fifteen years prior to becoming disabled. This is not about specific employers but the types of work you have done. Disability examiners use this information as part of their five step sequential evaluation process that requires them to evaluate your ability to do your past work and your potential do other kinds of work.

Once you have provided this information, the claims specialist will complete your application and medical forms. They will also have you complete your medical release via the attestation process. Basically, your disability claim is ready to be sent to the disability agency once your telephone interview is complete.

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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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