If you become disabled and unable to earn a living, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Utah residents can get financial assistance through two federal programs – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – and you can apply immediately.
So, how do you do that? What do you need to apply for disability benefits in Utah? Find the answers below, along with expert advice on how increase your chances of success with your initial application.
Information You Need to Complete the Disability Application
When you apply for Social Security disability benefits, you need to provide certain information. We recommend that you have the following on hand:
- Names, addresses and phone numbers of the doctors, medical centers and hospitals where you have received treatment, along with the date of each visit
- Names and dosages of the prescription and nonprescription medications you are currently taking, and which medical provider instructed you to take them
- Names and contact information for your current employer and any other places you have recently worked, with the dates of employment at each
- Any documents relating to your condition that are in your possession, including medical records, laboratory test results and doctors’ reports
- A copy of your latest W-2 form or, if self-employed, a copy of last year’s federal income tax return
Where to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits
When you’re ready to apply for disability benefits, you can do so in person at a local Social Security field office. Utah has five – in Murray, Ogden, Provo, St. George and Salt Lake City – and you can schedule an appointment at the closest office. Or, if you prefer, you can make arrangements to have someone take your disability claim over the phone.
An online disability application is also available, allowing you to apply for benefits from the convenience of your Utah home. However, most of the SSI application forms aren’t meant for self-completion.
Another option is to have an experienced disability advocate or attorney assist with your application. Either can handle the necessary paperwork, taking the work off of your hands and making the process of applying for benefits much less stressful.
How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Disability Benefits
Many deserving disability applicants are denied benefits, as only about 30 percent of the millions of applications the Social Security Administration receives are approved at the initial level. To boost the odds of approval, take these precautions:
- Provide thorough, complete and accurate answers to every question
- Share every physical and mental condition that limits your ability to work
- Explain exactly how your symptoms affect your daily activities
- Be careful not to exaggerate or downplay the severity of your symptoms
In addition, you may want to consider working with an experienced disability advocate or attorney. Applicants who are represented by an expert are more likely to get approved for Social Security disability benefits – and at Mountain West Disability, we offer assistance at no upfront cost.