Paperwork -- complete and well-documented paperwork -- is the key to the success of your disability application. The Disability Report Form (SSA-3368) (PDF) is the primary form you will need to complete. It consists of nine (9) sections:
- Information About the Disabled Person
- Your Illnesses, Injuries or Conditions and How They Affect You
- Information About Your Work
- Information About Your Medical Records
- Education / Training Information
- Vocational Rehabilitation, Employment, or Other Support Services Information
You will probably be asked to provide some additional documents. You can expect the following to be requested:
- Birth certificate
- Medical records you already have in your possession
- Medical release forms
- Laboratory and test results
- A copy of your most recent W-2 Form (Wage and Tax Statement) or, if you are self-employed, your federal tax return for the past year
Understanding Disability Benefits – The Series
- I Can’t Hold a Job! What Do I Do? – Introduction
- What is Disability?
- Do I Qualify for Disability?
- Is Bipolar Disorder a Qualified Condition for Disability?
- How Do I Start My Disability Application?
- What Information and Paperwork Do I Need?
- What Happens with My Application?
- How Long Will It Take to Get Benefits?
- What Benefits Will I Get?
- Who Can Help Me?