Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance
The United States Social Security Administration has several programs in place that are geared towards providing assistance to citizens with disabilities like traumatic brain injury. One such program is the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. It is a program that is designed to pay benefits either to you or to your family members if you are insured. “Insured” means that you have worked for a sufficient amount of time and have adequately paid for your Social Security taxes.
Conditions Such As Traumatic Brain Injuries Qualify
A traumatic brain injury is one of the conditions that may be cited as the reason for disability. You should apply for SSDI soon after you have medical proof that your brain injury could lead to disability. Processing may take several months to a year so applying as soon as possible would be beneficial. If your brain injury is not severe, you may need to undergo extensive neuropsychiatric evaluation and may need an official report from your neurologist.
Applying for SSDI via Phone
Applying for SSDI may be done in person or online. If you wish to file in person, start by calling their toll-free number: 1-800-772-1213. You can schedule an appointment to file your disability claim at your nearest Social Security office or you can schedule an appointment for their staff to receive your claim over the phone. The interview for disability claims takes approximately one hour. If you are hearing impaired, you may call their toll-free TTY (teletypewriter) number: 1-800-325-0778 on business days between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm.
Applying for SSDI Online
If you do not wish to wait for an appointment, you can file your disability claim immediately when you apply online. The official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration will provide you with all you need to know about applying for SSDI.
- The first step in the online application process is the review of the Adult Disability Checklist. This checklist contains the information that you need to collect in order to successfully accomplish the Internet Disability Benefits Application. For the disability application:
- You will need the dates of your marriage/s and divorce/s (if any),
- Names and birthdays of your spouse and minor children,
- Form DD214 if you served in the military,
- Previous year’s W-2 Form (for self-employed, your IRS 1040 and Schedules C and SE)
- Bank account number and bank routing number if you want to receive your checks via direct deposit to your bank account.
- The items listed below are needed for the disability report:
- Name, address, and contact number of a person that can be contacted regarding your medical condition and who can assist you with your disability claim.
- Complete set of your medical records,
- List of your current medications and the name of the doctor who prescribed each one,
- All the results of any diagnostic tests you’ve been subjected to with the name of the doctor who requested the examination
- List of up to 5 jobs you had in the fifteen years prior to your disability with inclusive dates of employment if possible
- Information about any compensation claims you have filed in the past.
Completely fill out the Disability Benefit Application and the Adult Disability Report then fill out the SSA-827 or Authority to Disclose Information Form. You may choose to print out and mail the SSA-827 to your local Social Security office or you can affix your electronic signature to the form as part of your Adult Disability Report.
What to Do Next If You Have Been Brain Injured
In general, applicants who file for disability due to brain injury have the highest approval rate, especially when there is clear evidence of brain injury on the MRI or CT scan. James Avery of Avery Law Firm has 30 years of experience as a premier traumatic brain injury lawyer including decades of experience working within the framework of legislatively imposed damages caps. The firm is based in Denver, Colorado, with offices in Indiana, New York and serving clients nationwide. If you have been victim and suffered a brain injury, James Avery can help you get the justice you deserve with little or no risk to you. Contact Avery Law Firm today toll-free at (866) 987-4368.