There are several forms to file when applying for Social Security disability benefits. One such form is the SSA-827, which authorizes the Social Security Administration to obtain your medical records.
Understanding Social Security Form SSA-827
Form SSA-827 (also known as the Social Security Authorization to Disclose Information) is a document that authorizes the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Disability Determination Services (DDS) to receive information from your healthcare provider about your disability claim. You need it because you cannot get Social Security Disability benefits unless the SSA and DDS can confirm, without a reasonable doubt, that you suffer from injuries that have made you unable to work for at least a year.
Completing the form
To download the form from the Social Security website, you must provide basic information, like your name, date of birth, Social Security number and address. It has a section that asks you to include a list of people or organizations from which the SSA can obtain medical records, like your physician, therapist, employer, insurance company and school. Keep in mind that there are instances where they may need a form for each source, so ensure to consult with the Social Security representative in charge of your case on this.
You must also sign and date the form in the presence of a witness (that will also sign) for it to be valid. If you are unable to sign due to physical or mental incapacity, then a guardian or attorney can do so for you. Additionally, if there are any changes in your personal information or healthcare providers, notify the Social Security Administration immediately.
Your medical records are an integral part of your Social Security Benefits application. Therefore, it’s important that you properly complete and submit the SSA-827 in a timely manner.