Who to contact
If you think you may be eligible for payments, call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 to file a claim, or contact your local Social Security Office. If you want someone to help you such as a family member, caseworker or other representative, that person may contact Social Security for you.
You will get a faster decision if you give us:
- Your Social Security Number
- Medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics and caseworkers
- Laboratory and test results
- Names, address, phone and fax numbers of your doctors, clinics and hospitals
- Names of all medications you are taking
- Names of your employers and job duties for the last 15 years
If you are filing for a child, you also need school records regarding your child's disability.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Don't wait to file your claim for disability payments even if you don't have all this information.
Evidence Required by DDS For Case Documentation
Vocational Information, if necessary that includes
- A history of all work performed in the 15 years prior to determination
- A description of the physical demands and skill requirements for each job
- Educational history
When all required medical and vocational information is received, the disability examiner and staff physician and/or psychologist carefully evaluate each claim, using a sequential evaluation process.
Sources of Information
The following people or agencies can help supply the information that is needed to process a claim for disability benefits.
- Treating Physicians and Psychologists
- Clinic and Hospital records
- School records (IEP, IQ evaluations, etc.)
- Consultative Examinations authorized by the DDS
- by panel physicians and psychologists
- by attending physicians and psychologists
- Non-physician health care professionals
- Observations by friends, relatives, acquaintances.