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Do I Qualify for Disability?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays benefits to disabled individuals whose medical conditions are severe and expected to last at least 12 months or result in death.

If you have a medical condition that is so serious that you are not able to perform any type of work, you may qualify for benefits under the Social Security Disability program.

To qualify for disability benefits, you must have worked long enough and paid into the program to be eligible. If you have worked long enough to be eligible for benefits, the next step is for the SSA to determine if you meet the agency’s definition of “disabled.”

After the agency determines that you have worked long enough to qualify for benefits, the agency will use a step-by-step process to determine if you are disabled. The agency will want to know:

1. Are you working now?
If you are working and you earn more than $1,130 a month (for 2016), the SSA would not consider you disabled. However, if you are not working, the Disability Determination Services office will decide if your medical condition renders you “disabled.”

2. Does your medical condition bar you from basic work-related activities?
If the conditions does not interfere with basic activities, the SSA will not find you disabled. But, if your condition stops you from performing basic work-related activities, you will proceed to step 3.

3. Is your medical condition on SSA’s Listing of Impairments?
Medical conditions on this list are so severe, they automatically make a person disabled. If your medical condition is not listed, the SSA has to decide if it’s severe enough as other conditions on the list.

If your condition is equally, if not more severe than the medical conditions on the list, the SSA will consider you disabled, but if not, the agency will proceed to step 4.

4. Are you able to do the work you used to do?
If your medical condition is not as severe as the ones on the Listing of Impairments, the SSA must determine if your medical conditions keeps you from performing the work you used to. If it doesn’t, the SSA will deny your disability claim.

If your conditions keeps you from performing your previous work, the SSA will proceed to step 5.

5. Are you able to do another type of work?
If you are not able to do your previous work, the SSA will want to know if there is some other type of work that you can do. The SSA will take into consideration your age, your work experience, and any skills that you have.

If your condition keeps you from adjusting to other types of work, the SSA will approve your claim. But, if you have the ability to adjust to other or “lighter” duties, the SSA will deny your claim.

To apply for Social Security Disability, contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today!