I need to file for Social Security disability? -Where do I even start?
Sure, going straight to the internet and filing online is where one should file for Social Security disability. But, getting prepared before actually doing so is even better.
Here's what you need to make the process that much less painful:
Have all your doctors and hospitals you've seen and been to for the last two years readily available. You'll need dates of service as well as the physical address and phone numbers to each. Remember, you only need to go back about two years; but, be sure and have all the information accurate so that your medical records can be timely retrieved. -This is the single biggest mistake people make when filing for Social Security disability on their own. It literally can make or break a case and could be the single factor causing a denial and a need for an appeal.
Know what your work history really is. You'll be required to list all jobs performed within the last fifteen years. But understand the difference between where you've worked and what kind of jobs you have done during this time period. For example, you may have worked as a receptionist at five different doctor's offices. And, you may have done this kind of work for the last ten years. But, this means that you have only had one job in the last ten years. -Does this make sense? It's not where you've worked, but what you've done that is important.
Be sure and list all your medical impairments. Don't leave anything out, even if you think it's unimportant. All impairments are taken into consideration in the aggregate.
Make sure that you are actually receiving medical treatment, or have recently been seen by a physician. If you're records are out of date, it's that much harder to win your case.
And, be sure you have been seen by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner. If you are receiving treatment by a chiropractor (for example) these records cannot be used to determine your disability. I don't make the rules, I'm just the guy letting you know them.
I hope this helps. If you get in a jam and you need some help, we do that sort of thing. I handle only Social Security disability cases, and you can call me anytime at: (888) 780-9125. Muchas gracias.