When someone has or sustains a disability that prevents them from gainful employment, they may be eligible for benefits via the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This is a government program funded by payroll taxes.
In order to qualify for SSDI benefits, individuals must:
- Have a physical or mental condition that keeps them from participating in “substantial gainful activity”
- Have a condition that is expected to last for longer than 12 months or end in death
- Be younger than 65-years-old
- Generally have 20 social security credits from the last 10 years
What You Need to File Your SSDI Claim
Disability claims can be complicated and take time. In order to expedite the process, it is important that you have information readily available. Some SSDI claims will also require you to provide original documentation. To claim disability benefits, you must have medical proof of the condition and record of your work history.
Personal information you will need:
- Social Security number and proof of your age
- Name, addresses, and phone numbers of medical providers, including doctors, caseworkers, hospitals, and clinics
- The dates you visited with your healthcare providers
- Name and dosage of any medicine
- Comprehensive medical records
- Laboratory and test results
- Reports of your work history
- Most recent W-2 page or federal tax return
Information about family members:
- Their social security numbers and proof of age
- Proof of marriage, if applicable
Social Security Disability Insurance can be difficult to maneuver. You can end up having to wait months before you receive the aid you need. Don’t let the system cheat you out of what you are owed. Contact our SSDI attorneys in New York to help you file your claims. We make sure your needs are met and your voice is heard. Call today to schedule a free consultation.