Monday, August 22, 2011

Tips on Filling Out Common Disability Forms from SSA in Indianapolis

Social Security Administration (SSA) forms can be long, confusing, and even discouraging, but if done right they can be an invaluable way for you, as the claimant, to submit your own evidence about your disability and be sure your perspective is counted and taken into consideration. The forms that SSA and Disability Determination Services (DDS) require are very specific in nature and are meant to obtain very particular information from you that will inform whether or not you can actually work. For this reason, it is very important to answer the questions in detail and not get too off topic or be too general. Precision, detail, and honesty are best policies when describing your disability to SSA or DDS. Here are some common disability forms and some helpful hints to completing them well:


Helpful tips

Work History Form

· Asks about jobs and duties for the past 15yrs.

You may not remember the exact dates and term of your various jobs. It is ok to estimate these things.

Be sure to include as much detail about the duties you performed on the job as you can.

Don’t Forget:

You may have had many different employers, but were performing the same job. Social Security is not as interested in the number of employers you’ve had but in the different type of work you performed.

Adult Disability Application

List all medical professionals, hospitals, or doctors that have treated you within the last year. Even if you think they aren’t relevant, missing records can be essential evidence for your claim.

Don’t Forget:

You must complete and submit this application to be considered. If you don’t receive a receipt or confirmation, it hasn’t been completed.

Child Disability Application

When applying for benefits for your child you must provide financial information and social security numbers for the child’s parents. Having this and the child’s birth certificate can make the process of applying easier.

Don’t Forget:

It is very important to submit medical releases so that SSA can obtain confidential medical and educational information about your child’s disability. Without this release there will be no evidence to support your claim.

Request for Reconsideration

Include only updated or additional medical information on your reconsideration application, as not prolong your process by having Social Security request records they already have from your initial application.

All medical sources listed should be fairly recent. This is the same for medications and tests.

Don’t Forget:

You have to sign a new form SSA-827 Authorization to Release Medical Information to the Social Security Administration each time you file an application or appeal with SSA.

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