Am I Disabled Enough For Social Security Disability?
Many people suffering from mental and physical disabilities who are unable to work qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. However, there are strict requirements that must be met. The Social Security Administration has established a listing of impairments detailing the physical and mental disabilities that may qualify an individual to receive SSD benefits.
At Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P., we can help you determine if you qualify for SSD benefits for your disability. If you have ever asked yourself, “Am I disabled enough for Social Security Disability?” we urge you to contact our law office for a free consultation.
Am I Disabled Enough To Qualify For SSD Benefits?
Many people who are seriously injured or disabled wonder if they qualify for disability benefits through SSD. There are two main requirements that must be met in order to receive SSD benefits:
- Financial requirements: The disabled individual must have paid enough Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes into the Social Security Disability Insurance system while employed.
- Medical requirements: The disabled individual must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability for his or her particular condition. Both physical and mental disabilities are included.
The medical condition/disability must prevent the worker from being able to perform his or her job duties and must also prevent the worker from taking another job. Additionally, the disability must be expected to last a period of one year or more. If the worker is expected to recover in just a few weeks, he or she is likely not to qualify for SSD benefits.
Thorough medical examinations are required to prove that the disability meets SSA requirements. It is important for anyone who is seeking SSD benefits to keep all documents and paperwork relating to medical treatment. This information is essential during the application process.
When An Initial Claim Is Denied
Since the SSD claims process is complex and condition specific, it is advisable to work with an SSD attorney during the initial application process. But remember: The majority of initial applications are denied. Don’t be discouraged if your initial claim was denied. You can pursue an appeal. Many people successfully obtain disability benefits through the Social Security Disability appeals process.
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