Filing for disability benefits can be a lengthy, complex task. If you cannot work because your physical condition prevents you from doing so, you may have a rightful claim to certain types of benefits through the Social Security Administration. However, actually getting the benefits you need is no easy process. 

Even individuals who have serious, debilitating physical or mental conditions may have a difficult time securing the financial support they need. If you are about to embark on this process, you may be wondering what you can do to increase your chances of a successful claim. One of the first steps you will have to take is gathering the documentation and medical evidence necessary to validate your claim. 

What you need to move forward

Preparing a claim for disability benefits is one of the most important steps in the process. When you have what you need and complete the application correctly, you will be more likely to avoid issues that can cause a setback or additional frustration with your claim. Some of the important documents and information that the SSA requires from disability applicants include: 

  • Proof of age and your Social Security number
  • Information about your employment history
  • Information about medication you are taking, including type and dosage
  • Medical records from doctors, hospitals, therapists and others you’ve seen for treatment of your condition
  • Names and addresses of any medical facilities you went to, including clinics, hospitals, doctor offices and more
  • Results from any tests and lab results
  • Most recent tax return

The SSA carefully evaluates all of these documents and the information you provide to determine whether you are truly disabled and unable to work. Missing documentation can result in a denied claim. In the event that a claim does come back denied, you could try again through an appeal or by requesting a reconsideration. 

The help you deserve

Many people find it beneficial to seek help when pursuing disability benefits. Because of the complexity of the process and the likelihood of a denied initial claim, it can help to work with a Texas lawyer who knows the process and understands how to proceed through the necessary steps.

From gathering the right documents to completing the right forms, you do not have to take one step alone. You may want to start by seeking a complete assessment of your case and explanation of how Social Security disability works.