About 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. are living with a disability. At the same time, more than 10 million receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. But while the numbers may seem staggering, it’s difficult to prove your condition is severe enough to qualify for benefits, especially if you don’t have an attorney advocating for you along the way. This blog will outline how the SSA in part determines whether you are disabled – and if you qualify for benefits, or if your application will be denied.
Do I Qualify For Disability Benefits?
After you hire an experienced Social Security Disability Attorney, he or she will likely ask you the following questions before moving forward with your claim.
1. Are You Working?
Only people who are unable to sustain gainful employment qualify for Social Security Disability. The government program was created to help support people who are unable to hold down a gainful job because of their disability. If you are working in any capacity, even if it’s from home, you may not qualify for SSDI.
The Social Security Administration only considers someone disabled if he or she can’t work to support themselves. Under current standards, if you earn more than $1,260 a month, you cannot collect disability payments. If you earn less than this, you may qualify under the program. Hiring an attorney is the best move, even at this early stage.
2. Are You Able To Do The Work You Used To Do?
You must show the SSA that your disability has limited your ability to work. If your disability makes you unable to have the career you did before you were disabled – construction, for example – then you may qualify. If you can still perform your job despite your disability, then you will not qualify for benefits.
3. Can You Do Other Work?
To qualify for Social Security Disability largely depends on your ability to do other kinds of work. The SSA looks at a variety of factors to determine if you may qualify including:
- Your medical condition
- Your age
- Your education
- The type of past work experience you have
- Any type of transferable skills that could follow you to a new position.
If you are able to do other types of work, you are probably not disabled in the eyes of the SSA. For example, if you can no longer work as a bus driver, but can work in an office setting, you are not likely to be approved.
4. How Severe Is Your Condition?
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability, your condition must “interfere with basic work-related activities.”
Again, disability recipients are usually unable to work, or they cannot complete the tasks they normally would have prior to their disability. If your condition is severe and you are unable to do any job and support yourself, you may qualify.
5. Is Your Condition One That Is Assumed to Be Disabling?
The SSA has a list of conditions that can often be so severe they are assumed to be disabling if certain criteria are met. Each condition has specific criteria and if your symptoms are severe enough to meet them, you are considered disabled. Your attorney can help guide through the process and work to convince officials that you are disabled and should receive benefits.
Don’t Try to Win a Claim Alone – Seek a Disability Attorney’s Help Now
The Social Security Disability attorneys at Watson & Carroll will advocate for your right to disability benefits. Our team will serve as both your partner and your voice during the entire claims process. We work directly with physicians and other healthcare providers to ensure they are setting you up for success every step of the way.
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