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What you'll need for an SSI or SSDI application

You'll need your medical records, your doctors' contact information, contact information for the hospitals you've had to visit, your tax documents from the last year and your most recent employment information. You'll need all of these documents for a successful application for Social Security disability benefits.

The list may seem short here, but it can sometimes take months for Wisconsin residents to get all of their information in order. The Social Security Administration is highly selective about who is approved for benefits, and even though most applicants have already paid into the system, more than half of those who apply are denied.

There is hope, though. If you can expedite the process and get all of the necessary documents in order in a relatively short period of time, your chances of receiving those much-needed payments can improve significantly.

SSDI recipients can avoid falling into deep poverty, and the burden of their disability doesn't have to be increased by the uncertainty that a well-deserved payment isn't there for them each month.

Generally speaking, if you are disabled, you want to work, but you can't. For an applicant to be approved by the SSA, it has to be shown that the disability could last at least a year. While denials are common, they do not necessarily mean that an applicant can't receive benefits.

Many people do begin to receive disability payments after a denial has been appealed, and the success of an appeal often hinges on the case made by the applicant's legal representative.

To learn more about the Social Security disability system, La Crosse-area residents are invited to check back with this blog each week.

Source: Star Journal, "Can't work due to disability? Maybe Social Security can help," Ken Hess, May 17, 2013

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