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Information to be submitted when applying for SSD benefits

One of the most important factors in a successful SSD benefits claim is the documentation that needs to be submitted at the time of applying. In fact, a common reason for claim rejections is the lack of proper documentation. This post will delve into all the personal, professional and medical information that applicants must include in their applications for a successful SSD benefits claim.

The very first information that is required pertains to the applicant's name, date and place of birth. The applicant must also provide complete contact details, both of the self and of an alternate contact person. Next, the applicant must provide information about marital status, including names of current and former spouses, their dates of birth, their Social Security Numbers and the beginning and ending dates of the marriage. For applications on behalf of children, names and dates of birth are required.

The next set pertains to professional information. If an applicant has served in the military, the type of duty, the branch and the employment duration needs to be mentioned. For non-military and salaried professionals, the names of employers, the starting and ending dates of employment, details of earnings and the online Social Security tax statements for the current and prior two years needs to be submitted.

For those who are self-employed, information on the type of business and the total income along with the Social Security tax statements for the current and prior two years needs to be submitted. Finally, the applicant must provide information of the bank account to which the SSA will transfer SSD benefits.

The final set of information pertains to the disabling condition for which SSD benefits are being claimed. The first step is to list all the disabling medical conditions. Next, a list of doctors, healthcare professionals, hospitals and clinics where an applicant has availed treatment need to be provided, along with details such as names and addresses, medical tests undergone and medications currently being taking.

The applicant must also provide information related to receipt of workers' compensation or other public benefits. Finally, the applicant needs to provide information on how and when the disability began affecting the ability to work, the types of jobs that the applicant has held in the past 15 years, the applicant's highest educational and qualification and details of vocational and special job trainings.

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