If you are unable to perform your work because you suffered a permanent disability, Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal program designed to provide financial assistance. your injury or disability need not originate in the workplace to qualify for these benefits.
If your disability will last for at least one year or is a terminal situation, you may qualify for benefits. In order to apply, you will need to provide documentation to the social security administration.
You will need to demonstrate that you are eligible to receive social security benefits by providing:
- Birth certificate
- Proof of citizenship or resident alien status
- Tax returns for the previous year
You must also provide information about other people:
- A marriage certificate, if applicable, and your spouse’s name, birth information and social security number. You must also provide a death certificate or divorce decree if you are no longer married.
- Names and birthdates of any minor dependents
- Bank information, for direct deposit
You will need to provide information about the work you did before you became disabled. This documentation will include:
- Pay stubs
- Award letters or settlement agreements
- Workers’ compensation payments or settlements
You will need to provide documentation about your injury or disability, as well as evidence that your disability will last for at least one year or will be terminal. This proof may include:
- Medical records
- Doctors’ reports
- Recent test results
- Treatment records
The social security administration may also contact your medical providers to ask questions and get more information about your condition.
While the application process may seem overwhelming, receiving these benefits can provide financial peace of mind. If you are unable to work, do not hesitate to apply for social security disability benefits.