What information is needed to apply for SSD benefits online?

Most people in Knoxville these days have access to the Internet, and often prefer doing things online, whether it is shopping, gaming or communicating with friends and family. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes this, and has made it possible for qualifying individuals to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits online.

Applicants may want to gather certain pieces of information to make the online application process easier. For example, the SSA will need the applicant’s birthdate and Social Security number. If the applicant was or is married information regarding their spouse(s) and marriage(s) will be needed. If the applicant has minor children, information regarding them will be required. The applicant’s bank account information may also be required.

In addition, the SSA will need information regarding your disability. This includes the name and contact information for a person who is familiar with the applicant’s medical condition and can assist the applicant in applying for benefits, if necessary.

They also require contact information, dates of treatment and patient identification numbers for all physicians, clinics and hospitals where the applicant was treated. They will also need information regarding any medications the applicant is taking, along with information regarding medical testing the applicant has undergone.

Information regarding the applicant’s work history will also be needed. This includes the income the applicant earned along with the name and address of the applicant’s employer, both for the current year and the previous year.

A list of up to five jobs the applicant held during the 15 years prior to becoming disabled will need to be provided, along with the dates the applicant held these positions. The applicant will also need a copy of his or her Social Security statement. If the applicant was in the military prior to 1968, information regarding his or her service will be needed. If the applicant received workers’ compensation benefits or other government benefits, information regarding these benefits will be required as well.

This post only scratches the surface of the information needed to apply for SSD benefits. Applying for disability benefits may seem like an intimidating process, which is why having an attorney help you with the application process can be of help.