Will I get approved for Social Security disability benefits?

Millions of Americans rely on their Social Security checks each month to make financial ends meet. However, millions of Americans have also tried to qualify for these benefits and failed. That is why most people want to know before they apply for benefits if they will qualify to receive them.

In order to determine your eligibility for benefits, it is important to review five main questions. The first is the question of whether you are currently employed. If you were employed in 2014, for example, and you earned over $1,070 per month, it is doubtful that you can qualify for disability benefits. If you earned less or are unemployed, continue to the next question.

The second question to ask is whether your condition is considered to be severe. Medical conditions are severe if they inhibit a worker's ability to perform their basic job duties. If you can perform your job duties, then it is not likely you will qualify for disability benefits. If you cannot do your job because of your condition, then keep reading.

The third question asks whether your condition can be found on the administration's list of disabling medical conditions. Some conditions are so severe that simply having one will automatically result in qualification for disability benefits. Still, having a condition that is not on the list will not necessarily result in a denial of benefits -- you will just have to go through a few more hoops to prove that your condition is as severe as those on the list. In cases where a condition is less severe than those on the list, there is a chance that you can qualify for benefits, but it depends on your answer to the fourth question.

The fourth question asks: Can you still complete the job duties of your previous job? If you can still do your old job, then your claim will be denied, but if you cannot do your old job, then you must answer question five.

Question five asks: Can you do any kind of work? Individuals who cannot perform other kinds of work either because of skills, education, age and/or past work experience may be able to get approved for benefits.

As you can see, an individual's answers to these questions could be up for interpretation. This is where representation from an experienced Social Security disability benefits attorney can be invaluable for Minneapolis residents.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Disability Planner: How We Decide If You Are Disabled" accessed Feb. 11, 2015

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