Time is a factor when you apply for Social Security Disability benefits. As soon as you have been diagnosed with a disability or has contracted an ailment that prohibits you to work, you must do it the soonest possible time. Remember that getting qualified for disability benefits is a long process that requires you to wait for five months. The five-month period is implemented by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to see to it that your disability would last for at least 12 months.
In filing for disability claims, you must first be able to locate the nearest local SSA office. You can find it over the telephone directory on the government section or through the website of the SSA. Once you've located the one near your place, you can go there and inquire or submit the necessary documents and forms. If you cannot do it because of your disability or ailment, you can always file your claim through mail or over the phone by calling your nearest local SSA office.
Documentation is an important factor when filing for Social Security Disability claims. You need them to be submitted as most of the documents will become the basis for the SSA's determination of your claim. In filing your claim, you must never forget these two sets of documents:
Medical information, including the contact details of the doctors and the hospital in which you received treatment and necessary medical documents such as laboratory and clinical test results and your doctor's diagnosis.Employment history, including the jobs that you've done in the last 15 years before you were diagnosed with a disability.
The SSA will review all of the submitted documents upon the submission of your claim. If they would want to verify your claim, you won't be paying anything for it, especially if they will require you to undergo a special medical exam provided by the in-house doctor from the SSA. Once the SSA has already reviewed and verified your claim, they will send you a notice of determination to your home address via mail.