Completing the SSA-3368, Page 2, A

This page is probably the most important part of your claim for disability benefits. Let me repeat that,

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR CLAIM.

I say that because this is your chance to tell Social Security what your disability is, and how it prevents you from working. They ask you to list your; illnesses, injuries and conditions that limit your ability to work. You are provided with 2 lines to write in your response. Yet I would say 75% of the people who fill out this form put an answer of one or two words in here. They usually don’t even write a full sentence. The first question on page 2 is “What are the illnesses, injuries, or conditions that limit your ability to work?”

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Completing the Disability Report form, SSA-3368

This is the form you should be filling out before your interview. For unknown reasons Social Security is trying to phase it out by encouraging people to use the online version, or by replacing it with a shorter form. But the online form can be frustrating and the short form doesn’t ask you all the questions that need to be included in your application. Here’s a link to the form. SSA-3368 You need Adobe Acrobat to open it. Or you can call Social Security and ask for one to be mailed to you.

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Disability claim Medical Release form, SSA-827

827.gifEveryone filing for disability benefits has to give Social Security authorization to get medical records. The form they use is called either the “medical release” or the 827. If you are trying to file a claim by phone or mail, you will need to sign one or more of these and send it or bring it into the Social Security office. The form is available online at the official Social Security website here Disability claim Medical Release form, SSA-827 If you don’t have a printer, you can get one by visiting an office or calling to ask them to mail one to you. Once your claim is filed, the form is used to obtain your records from doctors, clinics, schools, and hospitals.

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Should you use the electronic disability report?

Social Security is moving forward with new technology, and in many ways this is good news. They have started a paperless application process that is faster, and will prevent files getting lost. If you file a new application now, the entire application is kept in an “electronic folder.” It keeps copies of all the forms in a format similar to a PDF document.

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