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When Should I Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits and What Information Do I Need?

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When to Apply

It’s important to apply for social security disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. The process for applying for benefits can be lengthy, often taking between three and five months after determining eligibility.

You’ll need specific personal and medical information when applying. Even if you don’t have the information described below, you can get the application started and provide additional information later. When you put off the application process, you may lose out on benefits. 

How to Apply

Many people put off the social security disability benefits application because they’re intimidated by the process. However, it’s very easy to get the application started. There are three options for getting in touch with Social Security to start your application.

  • Visit the Social Security website at
  • Call the toll free number at 1-800-772-1213
  • Visit your local Social Security office in person

What You’ll Need

When you begin your application, you’ll need to provide some personal and medical information. To help your application to be processed quickly, be prepared to submit the following documents and information along with your completed application.

  • Your social security number
  • Your birth certificate
  • The names and professional contact information for doctors, hospitals, clinics, case workers, and others who provided your medical care, along with the dates of those visits
  • Information about all medications you’re currently taking
  • Any medical records from doctors, hospitals, clinics, case workers, or therapists that you have
  • Lab results and test results
  • Information about your place of employment and your job
  • A copy of your W-2 Form
  • Other filled out forms, as requested

If the social security disability benefits application process feels overwhelming, or if you’re confused about your eligibility status, contact a Las Vegas personal injury attorney for assistance. The attorneys at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby, Martinez Law Firm will help you through the process. 

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