How Does The SSA Define Disability?
If you are suffering from a debilitating illness or injury and you are unable to work, you may be considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits. You would be right to do so when you are in such distressing circumstances. To qualify for benefits the Social Security Administration requires the following:
- Have worked long enough as defined by the SSA.
- Have a medical condition that is that falls under the SSA’s definition of a disability.
- Have a medical condition that prevents you from being able to work for at least 12 months.
It is common for new claimants to have their claims denied by the SSA. In fact, it is estimated that as high as 65% of initial claims are not approved. Even if you have a truly debilitating ailment, the way you filled forms or if you did not provide sufficient evidence could be reasons why you aren’t approved for the benefits you need.
This is why working with an experienced SSDI attorney is critical. Being denied benefits does not mean that you will not be able to get them through appeal. Most applicants that are denied the first time are able to appeal and get benefits this way. But, the process of obtaining SSDI benefits will likely be very long if you are first denied. An attorney improves your chances of getting approved with your initial claim so you can get benefits much sooner.
What is the SSA’s Definition of a Qualified Disability?
differently than the way that the term is described for other programs. The SSA only pays a claimant who has a total disability, not a partial disability. The SSA will also not provide benefits to a claimant that has a short-term disability.
The following rules must apply for a claimant to be approved for SSDI:
- The medical condition that the claimant suffers is one that prevents them from being able to work.
- The medical condition that the claimant suffers makes it impossible to change to any other type of work.
- The claimant suffers from a medical condition that is expected to last as long as 12 months or will cause the claimant’s death.
When a person has a short-term disability, the SSA assumes that they will be able to cover their costs through other resources. Examples of these financial means include:
- Workers’ compensation.
- Insurance policies.
If you live in the state of Texas and are disabled and your condition is keeping you from being able to work, it is natural to have questions about SSDI benefits. Speaking with Brad Thomas, a Plano SSDI attorney can help you learn more about the system and how to obtain benefits.
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People with legitimate illnesses and injuries that qualify for SSDI benefits need financial support as soon as possible. Let Brad Thomas, a trusted Plano SSDI lawyer help you with your claim. Contact Brad Thomas Law today to schedule a free consultation at (972) 863-2367.