Can Anyone Help You Fill Out Social Security Disability Forms?

Severe health conditions prevent you from working. You no longer have the security of regular paychecks. Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits could keep you going in this period of upheaval and instability.

But you’re staring down all the application forms.

Pages of information that Social Security wants from you.

Is there anything special you need to know about how to fill out forms for disability benefits? Can you find someone to help?

You could get a disability attorney or a disability advocate to guide you. Advocates have specific training and experience in navigating the SSD process.

They’ll understand what information Social Security is looking for, how to present it—and what you don’t need to put down.

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What to Keep in Mind When Filling Out Social Security Disability Forms

To get disability benefits, you’ll have to prove to Social Security that your health has forced you out of work, and you won’t be able to return for at least a year.

Statistics show that your application will probably be denied . It’s easy to make mistakes if you do it on your own.

These are some of the top tips from our Indiana disability advocates for how to fill out Social Security Disability forms:

  • Answer every question, even if you have to say “not applicable” or “information not available” on some.
  • Give complete answers, providing a full picture of your situation.
  • Provide correct information. Errors can trip up your claim.
  • Don’t hold back on details of how difficult your health problems are for you. This is not the time to put your situation in the most optimistic possible light.
  • But don’t exaggerate, either. Overstating things can be a problem later when a claims examiner or disability judge looks at your case and sees discrepancies.
  • Supporting documents are important, too, such as medical records. Make sure to include those.

You can talk to an experienced disability advocate from Hanley Disability, FOR FREE, to learn more about what you will need for your disability claim.

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What Social Security Disability Forms Will You See?

You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you realize you can’t work due to health problems. You can do it online, in person at a Social Security office, or by completing a paper application and mailing it to the Social Security Administration.

Be aware these applications are lengthy (the following examples are seven, 10, and 15 pages long, respectively) and complex. They contain very specific questions, and you’ll be asked to provide extremely detailed answers.

These are just a few of the most common Social Security Disability application forms with brief descriptions of what they entail:

SSA-16: Application for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits

Asks for information about you, your marital status, children, earnings and medical conditions, including questions you might find difficult to answer, such as:

  • “Do you have Social Security credits?”
  • “Have you filed (or do you intend to file), for any other public disability benefits?”
  • Month and year you became entitled to and/or eligible for a pension or annuity based on your work after 1956 not covered by Social Security.

SSA-3373: Function Report – Adult
Contains simple questions that call for lengthy answers, such as:

  • “How do your illnesses, injuries, or conditions limit your ability to work?”
  • “Describe what you do from the time you wake up until going to bed.”

SSA-3368: Adult Disability Report

This form asks for details about your medical conditions; job history—including whether and when accommodations were made at work for your health problems; education and training; medications you take; medical treatments you receive; and medical test results.

Each of the forms above contains a “Remarks” section where you can provide further information.
This could either help or hinder your case, depending on the accuracy of what you say and whether you use language that Social Security wants to see to confirm your claim.

The good news is, help is available. And you don’t pay any fee for a disability advocate to help you with your claim forms. Advocates only get paid when you win benefits.

With decades of experience in Social Security Disability, the advocates at Hanley Disability have in-depth knowledge of the system.

Our team applies this deep knowledge to make the process easier for you, help you get the benefits you deserve—and help you reach a more secure situation.

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