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Disability Checklist: What You Need to Be Prepared


If you plan on applying for disability benefits you want to be as prepared as possible. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires a considerable amount of information. You will want to gather up and organize this info prior to applying

Personal and Identifying Information

  • Marriage records, dates, birthdates (date of death if applicable), and locations (present and former) if any.

  • Names and birthdates of children who are under 18 and unmarried, became disabled prior to turning 22, or 18 and 19 year old children who are full-time secondary school students.

  • Any dates of service in the military, including branch.

  • The name, address, and phone number of anyone who is helping you to file your claim and is familiar with your medical condition.

  • If you would like to receive your disability payments via direct deposit instead of by check, you can provide your bank routing number, bank account number, and type of account.


  • The names and locations of your employers for the last 15 years. Also provide the dates of your employment and any titles you held, as well as your earnings for this period.

  • If you are self employed, you will need to provide details such as the services you performed and your earnings for the current, and two previous years. The SSA may request documentation for any employment services.

  • Your application will require the titles you held at each job and duties performed as well as your pay rate and hours worked. You will also be asked about any tools and machines, technical skills, as well the physical demands of the jobs you have worked such as the maximum weight you were required to lift.

Education and Military Service

  • The names, dates attended, and locations for all education received. Include public or private schools attended, including colleges and universities, and the highest grade or degree obtained.

  • Names, dates, and locations of any vocational training or courses you have participated in and any certifications received.

  • Dates, branch of service, and dates of service for any time spent serving in the military.

Medical Information

  • Provide the nature of your medical and disabling conditions that affect your ability to work. Include the dates of the onset of your condition(s).

  • Detail the ways in which your condition prevents you from being able to carry out the functions of your work duties.

  • Include the name and contact information from all the doctors, medical professionals, hospitals and rehabiliation facilites that are treating or have treated your disabiling condition(s). Provide the dates of treatment for these medical treatments and services.

  • Provide any test results including bloodwork, imaging and X-rays, as well as all medications prescribed, including for your condition(s).

  • Any vocational rehabilition services that may have been provided for you or you participated in.

Disability Attorneys Can Help!

If this sounds like a good amount of work to get together, that's because it is. If any of the above information is missing, incorrect, or even incomplete, that can be grounds for a denial in many cases. Disability Attorneys are experienced in getting applications approved and also appealing denied claims. Your disability attorney will know what to look for when helping to prepare your application. There is no money down for consulation with Disability Laywer, Forrest Jackson, and you only pay if your case succeeds.

Jackson Law Firm serves the Chattanooga area and surrounding communities including Soddy Daisy, East Ridge, Red Bank, Dayton, Dunlap, Ooltewah, Collegedale, Cleveland TN as Well as North Georgia including Dalton, Ringgold, Fort Oglethorpe, and other surrounding areas.