Social Security Disability Requirements
Despite the complex application and appeals processes involved with obtaining Social Security Disability benefits, the requirements for obtaining benefits are quite straightforward. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will examine your financial and medical eligibility when you apply for either Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
At Midwest Disability, P.A., we ensure that we include the proper documentation with your claim at all stages of the process, and our lawyers thoroughly review your claim before submitting it. With decades of legal experience and more than 15 years of exclusive dedication to Social Security Disability claims, you can rest assured that your claim is in the right hands.
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Do you have additional questions about the SSA’s requirements for disability benefits? Please call our firm at or 888-351-0427 toll free to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney, or complete a free case evaluation form online.
Medical Requirements To Qualify For Social Security Disability
These requirements apply for SSD and SSI benefits:
- Must meet requirement of the SSA’s impairment listing
- Impairment must prevent you from working at present and any previous jobs
- Impairment must prevent you from performing any other job that would gainfully employ you, considering your education, age and skills
- Impairment must have lasted or be expected to last for at least one year
Financial Requirements To Qualify For Social Security Disability
Obtaining SSD benefits from the SSA will prove difficult if you could reasonably support you and your family while maintaining gainful activity or employment with your current condition. However, if your condition is worsening, you should speak with a lawyer about the most opportune time to apply for benefits as soon as possible.
If you are applying for SSI benefits, you may meet the requirements if you meet the following conditions:
- You are disabled and have never worked
- You are disabled and have not worked long enough to qualify for SSD benefits
- You are disabled, worked at one point and were eligible for SSD benefits, but are not eligible for SSD now because you haven’t worked in a long time
- Your assets are worth no more than $2,000 (individual) or $3,000 (married couple)
Your coverage for SSD benefits can lapse, and at that point, you will need to apply for SSI benefits. Children with physical and mental impairments may also be eligible for SSI benefits.
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