Many injured or ill Mississippi workers deserve the benefits awarded under Social Security disability but are not sure if they qualify or if they will be approved. According to the Social Security Administration, you can apply for benefits if you are 18 or older, if you have worked at a Social Security job and if your disability is going to result in death or stop you from working for more than a year. It is also important to point out that the administration often considers whether you could do another type of work or if your disability limits that.

When you apply for Social Security disability benefits, you will need information about your medical condition handy, along with your personal information. This may include your Social Security number, place of birth, date of birth and other required information. The information about your medical condition must include the contact information for someone who has knowledge of your medical condition and detailed information about your conditions, injuries or illnesses.

The application also includes questions about your job or work. These may include the address and name of your employer, the amount of money you earned last year and this year and a copy of your Social Security statement. More extensive information such as a list of five jobs you had in the previous 15 years before your disability and any active military service you had may also be requested.

If you have filed for workers’ compensation funds, you will also need to disclose this information. There is a long list of information and documents required to apply for disability benefits and your application can take months to process. Any mistake extends the process and prevents you from getting compensation when you need it most. You may benefit from speaking with an attorney who can help you file your paperwork before applying.

This is intended for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.