Forrest Jackson of Jackson Law Firm

Preparing For Your Disability Interview


The Disability Interview

If you have applied for disability benefits you should be aware that the Disability Interview is one of the most important steps in the application process. You should expect a representative from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to reach out to schedule your interview. This interview may take place over the phone or in person at one of the SSA's field offices. It is essential that you attend, and are prepared for, this meeting.

This process will involve gathering records for your medical. The SSA will also want to verify your identity including any marriage or divorce records as well as any information on your household size including children and dependents. If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) you will need to provide your work history. If you are applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you will need to account for your assets.

SSDI - Work History

SSDI is a federal disability insurance program for people who had been working and had to stop due to a disability. Along with your personal information, the disability examiner from the SSA will need to know about your work history from the past 15 years. The examiner will need to know the dates of your employment, your job title and type fof work done, your stop and start dates for your previous job or jobs, and any contact information for your employer(s).

SSI - Assets and Income

SSI is a needs-based program for people who are unable to work due to a disability but don't have the work history to qualify for SSDI. The disability examiner for your interview will want to know about all of your sources of income and if you are married the examiner will also want any information on your spouse's income. You will also be expected to provide the balance of any bank accounts as well as any other financial accounts. They will also want to know what assets you posess, including homes, properties, or any cars that you may own.

Be Prepared, Contact Us

As a disability benefits law firm, we can guide you through the process of your SSDI or SSI application. Our disability attorney is here to answer your questions and can offer representation. Don't hestitate to contact us today!

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