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Take care to properly complete an SSDI claim

Navigating Social Security Disability Insurance claims is daunting. When the required documentation and information are incomplete, problems quickly arise. Those in Ohio who have been victims of injuries or illnesses that prevent them from returning to work for more than a year may be entitled to file Social Security disability claims.

Medical documents

Comprehensive medical information is crucial. All the diagnostic information related to the disability must accompany the SSDI claim. The diagnostic test results like CT scans, X-rays and other tests must accompany documents that explain the types of tests done to reach a diagnosis. These documents must include a detailed list of the disability-related symptoms and complications.

Documented treatment history

Documents to describe the various medical treatments follow the diagnostic phase of the claims process. These include documents related to the various treatments like medication, therapies and surgical procedures. The doctor’s estimates about future treatment should accompany the treatment history documents.

The applicant’s medical history and logs of emergency room visits, along with copies of receipts for personal payments of medication, must accompany the claim, and all the documents must be signed and verified by a licensed doctor.

Nonmedical documents

An SSDI claim is not only for medical care costs. Lost income due to the disability must also be included. The following nonmedical documents must be attached to the claim:

  • Paycheck stubs
  • Bank account statements
  • 15-year work history report on form SSA-3369, listing details about each job’s responsibilities and skills

The form includes a section for extra notes or remarks like explanations for employment gaps or additional information about particular skills or responsibilities.

People in Ohio are advised to find out what to include with their Social Security disability claims to avoid having them denied by the Social Security Administration office.