Hey, it’s Bernard Nomberg with the Nomberg Law Firm in Birmingham and we wanted to take a couple of minutes and express some of those things, some of those documents that you’ll need to bring with you when you go to the social security administration to file for disability benefits. The more organized that you are before you begin the process, the easier it’ll be in the process. Now, you can either apply online if you know how to do that, you just go to social security’s website, ssa.gov or you can call their national toll free hotline, which is 800-772-1213 or you can go in person to the local social security office and that’s usually the easiest way to do it. And this was for somebody initially filing for social security disability benefits. This is the initial filing, the initial application, and to get organized, we suggest that you pull together the following documents and information before you have this meeting.
Make sure you have your birth certificate or other proof of birth. Make sure that if you’re not born in the United States you have proof of US Citizenship or lawful alien status paperwork. If you were in the military and you were discharged, if you have US military discharge paperwork, if service prior to 1968. [inaudible 00:01:32] forms or self employment tax returns from the previous year. Information about all of your medical care. Have a list of all of your doctors and what they’ve treated you for. Have their contact information, their address and their phone number, any award letters, payment stubs, settlement agreements from any workers’ compensation claims that you’ve been involved in.
Going back to the medical aspect of it, also a list of all of your prescriptions and the pharmacies. Also, it would be helpful if you have any monies that you’re expecting to receive from your employer, have that information available. Have any information if you have any unsatisfied felony or arrest warrant information for escape from custody, anything like that is information that social security administration is going to need. Also, be thinking about what day is it, what date that you became unable to work because of illness or injuries or conditions that you feel are still keeping you from unable to be able to work. There’s other information that you can pull together as well, but just have that all of these things in a mindset, particularly your list of doctors, your list of pharmacy and medications and the conditions that you’re claiming. It’s not an exhaustive list, but it’ll certainly get you going in the right direction.
If you need help with things like this, pulling this together have questions, or if you need assistance with filing for social security disability or the appeal process which has deadlines, please give us a call at 205-930-6900 that’s our office number in Birmingham, Alabama. We can also be reached at Nomberglaw.com that’s our website. We also can be found different places on social media such as a YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.