Applying for Philadelphia disability benefits can be a tedious process for a number of reasons. For one, you need to be prepared to fill in all the information about your disability, work history, and finances the Social Security Administration (SSA) asks for. You will also be required to submit documents like your medical records, and files to support your work history. Depending on the complexity of your condition, you may be asked to provide more medical documents than others. Feel free to reach out to a Philadelphia disability lawyer if you ever have any questions.
There are three main types of documents and information you will need for your Philadelphia disability benefits application. These encompass information about your identity, information on your disability, and information about your work history. Each of these comes with different sets of required documents, paperwork, and forms to fill out.
When it comes to information about you, you will likely be asked for your Social Security number, date of birth, and your bank information like your bank account number. If you have kids, you may also be asked to provide identifying information about each of them like their birth dates and names. The same goes if you have a spouse living with you.
In terms of information about your Philadelphia disability, you will probably be asked to provide copies of various medical records related to your condition. You will be asked to give the name and contact information of someone who knows about your disability and who can help you fill out the disability benefits application. Information about your disability itself may vary, but usually involves patient ID numbers, dates of treatment, medication names, and medical test results.
Work information includes how much money you made in the past year, a list of at least five jobs you have had, and contact information for your employers. Workers’ compensation information will also be asked for.
Many people wonder how many Philadelphia work credits they need to be eligible for disability benefits. Work credits are gained through Social Security taxes that you pay into while working. You can earn four work credits a year and need a certain amount of credits depending on your age.
People younger than 24 may qualify with six work credits earned within three years while people age 24 to 31 may be eligible with credits earned from working half of the time between age 24 and when you became disabled. For age 31 and up, you will need 20 work credits.
The application process for disability benefits is not always a smooth process and can be stressful for some people. Consider seeking guidance from a Philadelphia individual disability insurance attorney if you find yourself stuck in the application process. Contact Edelstein & Nelson at 1-800-300-0909 for a consultation today. One of our Philadelphia disability attorneys will work with you to collect the documents and evidence you need to prove your disability claim.