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What Do You Need to Bring When You are Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits?



 
Once you have decided to file for Social Security Disability in South Carolina, you must prepare for your disability application interview. Once you have scheduled a disability interview with Social Security, it is time to determine what you should bring with you in order to be prepared for your disability application interview.

1. You should bring in some form of picture ID if possible. If you do not have a picture ID, then you should be prepared to answer some identifying questions.

2. You should also bring a certified birth certificate to your interview, as well as your marriage certificate (you may be required to prove your marriage should you be entitled to spouse’s benefits) and if you served in the military, you may wish to bring in your DD 214 (military service sometimes increases an individuals benefit amount).

Resources:

A. How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
B. Tips for Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI
C. Social Security Disability Resource Center

3. I mentioned that you may be entitled to receive benefits as a spouse, however your dependent children or spouses may also be entitled to receive benefits if you are approved for disability benefits. Consequently, you should be prepared to provide pertinent information about your dependent children and your marriages.

4. Since you are filing for Social Security Disability or SSI, you will need to bring in medical information. For instance, you should be prepared to give the names and addresses of your treating physicians and hospitals where you have been treated (for at least the past twelve months). Along, with you medical source information you should be prepared to furnish information about the various medical tests and medications that you are currently taking.

5. Lastly, be prepared to answer questions about the types of work you have performed for the fifteen years prior to becoming disabled. These questions address the number of hours you worked per week, as well as what your average hour wage was.

During the application, you will be asked to provide a description of your job duties for the type of job you performed for the longest period of time.

Once you have filed your initial disability claim, it will be forwarded to a state disability agency for a medical determination. Accordingly, you should be prepared to supply any additional information necessary for you disability application. It is important to keep your disability examiner or Social Security claims representative apprised of any new medical treatment sources or work activity.








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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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