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Filing for SSD benefits when facing a long-term injury or illness

There are many Indiana residents who may someday find themselves in a situation where they must file for Social Security Disability benefits. Some people will be injured on the job, perhaps receiving worker's compensation benefits initially, but then discovering that their injury is so severe that they are facing a complete inability to work. For others, an illness may pop up that leaves the person facing disability, such as a heart condition or cancer. There are many different reasons for why Indiana residents may find themselves applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

For those who do find themselves in this situation, they will need to be prepared to submit all of the relevant information to be approved for benefits. They may also need to speak directly with a representative of the Social Security Administration about the disability, as a recent article pointed out.

There is a litany of questions to be asked during the process of applying for SSD benefits. The recent article noted that the Social Security Administration will need to know the specifics of when the health condition became disabling, as well as specific information about the applicant's work history. The SSA will also need to have the contact information for health centers and doctors who treated the applicant, as well as the dates when treatment occurred. This is so that the SSA can determine what type of treatment the applicant is receiving for the medical treatment and what medications have been prescribed.

As the recent article noted, some people simply don't know where to start when they realize that they may need to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Getting more information about the application process is always a good idea.

Source:, "All About Social Security: How to prep for your disability interview," Kimberly Herrmann, Nov. 23, 2016

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