Applying for disability benefits is not an easy process. Even applicants with serious, debilitating medical conditions often find they are not successful with their initial claims. The complexity of the process and the likelihood of a denied initial claim may keep you from pursuing the benefits you need and deserve.
If you are unable to work because of a medical condition or a serious injury, you could be eligible for benefits through the Social Security Administration. However, you may be reluctant to move forward with your claim due to fears about the process or confusion with the application and paperwork. It might be helpful to start with an explanation of what you will need to complete your claim and the documentation you will need to gather.
Paperwork and other important information
One of the most critical aspects of filing for disability benefits is having the right documentation to complete your application. Insufficient evidence or missing information could lead to a denied claim. In order to give yourself the best chance for success, you will need to start gathering documentation pertaining to the following:
- Proof of your age and Social Security number
- Records and contact information from any medical professionals and others you have seen about your condition, including therapists, doctors, clinics, caseworks
- Results of lab work and test results
- Medical records from any hospital, doctor office, rehabilitation clinic or other facility that treated you for issues related to your disability
- Information about the work you used to do
- Information about the amount and type of medication you are taking
- Tax information
Simply gathering the necessary documentation can be difficult. It is quite a daunting task to get paperwork in order, completed correctly and sent off while dealing with a disabling condition. Fortunately, you do not have to do this alone. Many applicants find it useful to seek help as they walk through the disability claims process.
A successful claim for the benefits you need
If you cannot work because of your medical condition, it affects your entire life and every member of your New Jersey family. Getting these benefits is important, and you may find it useful to have the guidance of an attorney experienced in disability claims.
A complete evaluation of your case will help you understand where you should begin and what you will need to complete your application. When you are prepared for the process, you will be more likely to avoid setbacks.