First, do you have a disabling medical condition that has lasted or is expected to last for 12 months or longer or is likely to result in death?
Next, is this disabling medical condition preventing you from working?
And finally, do you have enough work credits?
Social Security Disability is an insurance program that you have been paying into during the years you have worked so that it will be there for you during retirement or alternatively as a financial safety net should you become disabled and unable to work before the age of retirement.
Do not worry if you do not have a strong work history due to your medical condition(s), age or other reasons. You may be eligible for another form of disability called Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI’s eligibility requirements are slightly different from SSD, however.
SSI is a Federal Income Supplement Program designed to help disabled individuals who are either over age 65 years, are blind or have limited income and resources. To qualify for SSI, generally you must have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that prevents you from performing “substantial gainful activity” (full-time work or work that earns you $1,070.00/month or more) and has lasted or can be expected to last for 12 months or longer, or result in death.
Disabled children can also receive SSI. For children to qualify for SSI, they must have a medically determinable impairment that lasts or can be expected to last the requisite 12 months or longer and results in marked and severe functional limitations. A child’s parents’ income is also considered when making a decision to determine whether the child has limited income and resources.
In summary, to establish that you meet the Social Security Administration’s criteria for one of their two disability programs, the most important thing you can do is treat, treat and treat some more with your medical professionals monitoring and treating your medical condition(s). Medical documentation of your disabling medical condition(s) is invaluable to your case. We order all necessary medical records from your treating physicians and provide them to the Social Security Administration ensuring the claims worker or Administrative Law Judge has the necessary tools to find you meet the medical criteria for disability.
To determine whether you qualify for Social Security Disability, call us today for a free consultation. Let us take the guess work out of applying for Social Security Disability or appealing your denial. We will perform a step-by-step case analysis, schedule an appointment with you and immediately file your application for disability online or (if you have already been denied), file your appeal online.