What Kind of Documentation Is Required When Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Applicants for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are requested to include supporting documentation with their applications. In fact, a common reason that claims are rejected is the lack of proper documentation or information needed. If you are unable to work due to a disability and would like to receive SSD benefits, please review the information below, and contact our experienced disability law attorneys as soon as possible for assistance with preparing your application. Our dedicated team will see you through from the very start to make sure you are positioned in the best way to receive the benefits you deserve.

Documentation requirements for SSD benefits

When applying for SSD benefits, the following answers, and documentation, are required:

Personal information

Certain basic identifying information is required when applying for SSD benefits, including: 

  • The applicant’s name
  • The applicant’s place of birth
  • The applicant’s contact information
  • The applicant’s marital status and former spouse details
  • Details regarding the applicant’s children and parents if providing support

Professional information

Next, applicants must provide professional information. For example, if the applicant has served in the military, he or she must provide information regarding the type of duty, the branch, and service duration. Further, the following information is required:  

  • Details regarding current and former employers
  • Work history, including starting and ending dates of employment
  • Earnings history, particularly since the date disability began, if any
  • The kinds of jobs the applicant has held over the past 15 years 
  • The applicant’s level of education and details regarding vocational and special job training

In addition, applicants who are self-employed must provide business information, income information, and Social Security tax statements for the previous several years. 

Social Security Disability information

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, applicants must provide disability information. Specifically, applicants must provide the following information:

  • A list of all the applicant’s disabling medical conditions
  • A list of healthcare professionals, doctors, hospitals, and clinics where the applicant has received treatment for his or her disabling medical conditions
  • Treatment information, such as medications the applicant has taken and medical tests he or she has undergone 
  • Information regarding the receipt of workers’ compensation 
  • Information regarding the receipt of public benefits
  • Information regarding the onset of the disability and its effect on the applicant’s ability to work 

Let our Michigan disability law attorneys help you   

If you suffer from a disability and are in need of SSD benefits, the skilled disability law attorneys at Disability Law Group are here to help. At Disability Law Group, our experienced disability law attorneys will assist you with every step of the disability benefits application process, including compiling and submitting necessary and supportive documentation. So, if you live in Macomb County, Oakland County, Wayne County, or elsewhere in Michigan and would like to apply for disability benefits or fight a denial, Disability Law Group is on your side. Remember, at Disability Law Group, disability is all we do. Please contact our experienced disability law attorneys as soon as possible for additional information on Social Security disability benefits in Michigan and to schedule your free consultation.