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How to Apply for SSD Benefits throughout California, Nevada and the West

If you are considering filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, there is a lot you need to know before you get started. Due to the volume of information you need to collect and the complexities involved in the application, it truly is best to work with an experienced attorney who can help you properly complete the application process. With offices in Sacramento, Oakland, and throughout the Western United States, David Allen & Associates is here to help you submit a successful application for SSD benefits.

What You Need to Know About Applying for SSD Benefits

There are two key parts to all SSD claims: the Disability Benefit Application and the Adult Disability Report. Both forms can be completed either on paper or on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) website. Applying online saves time and money, and our attorneys can still prepare all of the necessary documentation on your behalf. If you do not wish to file online, you will need to schedule an appointment with your local Social Security office for an initial interview before you can start the application process.

The following list identifies the basic information you need in order to file an SSD claim in Oakland and Sacramento:
  • Your original birth certificate or proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status;
  • Wage and salary records from the last year (W-2 or Form 1040 with appropriate Schedules);
  • Your employment history over the past 15 years;
  • Your minor children’s and spouse’s names and birthdays;
  • The date(s) on which you were married and divorced;
  • Military service discharge information (from your Form DD 214);
  • Contact information for the doctors who have treated the injury or illness that caused your disability;
  • All medical records relating to diagnosis and treatment of your disability;
  • A list of your current prescriptions; and,
  • Information on any insurance or workers’ compensation claims you have filed pertaining to your disability.
For even more information about filing for Social Security Disability, you can read the SSA’s Disability Starter Kit online.

While this may sound overwhelming, it is important to apply for benefits as soon as you become disabled. The application process can take a very long time; and, the longer you wait, the more difficult it will become to track down all of the information needed for the application and disability report. If you have questions about applying for SSD benefits, our Social Security and disability lawyers in Oakland are here to guide you through the process every step of the way.

Speak with an Attorney at David Allen & Associates Today

Contact us today to get started with filing your SSD application. You are always welcome to discuss your disability case at any of our offices with one of our Sacramento or Oakland Social Security and disability lawyers.

David Allen & Associates has offices located throughout California and Nevada

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