You may have a valid disability and be unable to work in Minnesota, yet knowing how to actually obtain the benefits to which you have a rightful claim can be a complex and difficult process. It can be helpful to know what to expect and how you can move forward with your claim for Social Security Disability benefits.
Many initial claims come back denied. This is frustrating, but you have the right and option to appeal. However, properly preparing your claim the first time can be a positive step toward securing the disability benefits you need. No matter the details of your individual situation, you have the right to seek guidance for the entire benefits application process.
What information does the application require?
Having the right information is a critical part of completing any initial application for disability benefits. In order to correctly complete a disability benefits, the following information is necessary:
- Proof of age and Social Security number
- Names and dosages of all medications you are currently taking
- All test and lab results
- Names and addresses of all doctors, care providers, case workers and others involved with your medical care
- Information for clinics, doctor offices and hospitals visited, including dates you were there
- Copies of important tax documents, including your W-2 or federal tax returns
- Information about your job and the work you used to do
Having all of the information needed can help shorten the application and may expedite the time you may have to wait for benefits to start. If you do not have everything you need, it could result in delays, denials and more complications.
Disability claims take longer to process than other types of Social Security claims. It could take as long as three to five months to know whether or not your claim received approval.
Fighting for the benefits you deserve
If you are unable to hold gainful employment due to a medical condition, it could be valid grounds to seek disability benefits through Social Security. Eligibility depends on your medical condition as well as your work history. If you do not qualify for SSDI benefits, other options could be available to you.
You would be wise to better understand your options and how the SSDI benefits claims process works before you take the first steps. Having the right information and thoroughly preparing your claim is a good start in securing the benefits you need for medical care and other every day needs.