One of the most important steps in being approved for Social Security Disability Insurance is the application interview. Interviews take place at a local Social Security office and will involve a meeting with a Social Security claims representative. You may also have to meet with a disability examiner as well.
To give yourself the best chance of being approved, you’ll need to bring several documents with you to help support your claim.
A picture ID and a birth certificate – While a claims representative can still identify you through other means, producing a picture ID and a birth certificate will speed the process and add to your credibility.
Medical history – It is vital to supply the claims representative with the most complete medical history that you can provide. Social Security will need all the names, addresses and phone numbers of your treating physicians, hospitals, doctor’s offices and other places that have rendered service to you. In addition, you should also provide the dates of treatment, past and current medications, and any tests and results. This information will be turned over to a disability examiner who will use the information to obtain your medical records by sending out a Medical Evidence of Record request to your service providers.
Early records – As part of your medical history, you have the most to gain by providing information as to when you first became disabled. This establishes a disability onset date that Social Security can use to provide you with the highest amount of disability back pay.