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To qualify for Social Security benefits, you must have worked in a job covered by the program, or you must meet Social Security’s definition of “disabled”.
If you need help figuring out where to start, you could contact your local Social Security office or set up a meeting with a New Jersey disability benefits attorney.
How you organize and track your application can make this process that much easier, which is why having an attorney’s insight from the outset may benefit you.
What If I Have No Working History?
If you have not worked long enough, you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income and you need to consult with an experienced attorney to understand more.
As it relates to Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration uses a clear formula to determine whether or not you have enough work credits in your history in order to qualify for disability benefits.
In addition to meeting this guideline, you must also be disabled with a condition that will impact you for a minimum of one year by preventing you from working.
As soon as you become disabled you should initiate the process for disability benefits since it can take a long time for the administration to process your application.
What Information Has to Be Submitted for Disability Benefits?
The Social Security Administration will usually require the following details in order to process your application.
Your application can be submitted in person at a branch office or online and it is strongly recommended that you consult with a disability attorney ahead of time to be clear about the requirements.
- Your baptismal or birth certificate
- Your Social Security number
- Names, addresses and telephone information for doctors or other providers who have taken care of you
- The names and dosage details of all your prescription medications
- Medical records from your physicians and other providers, tests and laboratory results
- A summary of where you’ve worked in the past and the kind of work you did in these positions
- Your most recent W-2 form or a federal tax return for individuals who have been self-employed.
Speaking with your doctor first will give you more information about how your disability will impact your life.
If your disability will keep you from being able to work for at least 12 months or if the doctors expect it to result in your death, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits.
Speak with a Knowledgeable NJ Social Security Disability Attorney
Starting your application sooner rather than later is strongly recommended. Contact our law office to learn more about the application process and how we can help you.