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What to Bring to a Disability Office when Applying for Benefits

When applying for Social Security disability benefits, there are some vital documents you’ll need to bring along with you to your local Social Security office if applying in person. Here, Merryl Jones, Second Chance Lawyer, one of Waco’s leading Social Security disability attorneys discusses all you need to know! 

Basic Documents 

First, when visiting your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office, you’ll need your basic documents such as your birth certificate, proof of citizenship or legal residency, W2 forms and your previous year’s tax returns (if you’re self-employed), and a completed Adult Disability Report. You’ll also need to bring along more specific documents related to the case, such as medical documentation like doctors’ reports and test results, and any documents related to worker’s compensation benefits you may have received. 

Other Important Information 

In addition to the documents mentioned above, you’ll need to have other important information at your disposal. Depending on your specific case, you’ll need to be able to give them information like: 

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Social Security number 
  • Whether you’ve filed for benefits in the past, as well as Medicare or Supplemental Security Income 
  • Whether you’ve earned credits under the Social Security system 
  • If married, your spouse’s name, birthday, and Social Security number
  • Employer’s names or self-employment documents 
  • The date you became unable to work and whether you remain unable to work
  • and more.

The best way to ensure you have all of the necessary information and documents when applying for disability is by working with a Social Security disability attorney to make certain nothing is overlooked. 

What Happens After I Apply for Benefits? 

After you’ve applied for Social Security disability benefits, the SSA will then review your claim and may contact you if they have any additional questions or requests regarding your case. It’s important to respond to any inquiries as soon as possible as doing so will enable them to process your case more quickly. 

Once your case has been thoroughly reviewed, the SSA will send a letter letting you know whether it’s been approved or denied. Should you receive a denial letter, there is an appeals process you can begin to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve. 

Contact Social Security Disability Attorney Merryl Jones, Second Chance Lawyer! 

If you need help applying for disability or need to file an appeal, our offices can assist you. Contact us online today or call (254) 776-3611 (Waco) or (254) 493-0345 (Temple) for a consultation.