Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Answering Your Questions About The Social Security Disability Process
Successfully obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD or SSDI) benefits on your first application is difficult, even with the help of a doctor or other health care professional. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration is not always clear on what you need to do or what evidence you need to supply to demonstrate your need for benefits.
If your SSD claim has been denied, don't give up. As an experienced Illinois Social Security Disability attorney, I can help you navigate the SSD or SSI appeals process to obtain the disability benefits you need. I will answer your questions about qualifying for SSD benefits and help you gather any additional evidence needed to demonstrate your eligibility.
If your Social Security Disability claim has been rejected, I can help you. I have more than 30 years of experience helping clients through the SSD or SSI appeals process. Contact my Peoria, Illinois, law office at 888-541-2088 for a free consultation.
What Does It Take To Be Eligible For Disability Benefits?
The Social Security Administration requires first that you have a qualifying physical impairment or disabling illness that prevents you from performing "substantial gainful activity" for at least 12 months. Most often, substantial gainful activity is equated with full-time employment.
Keep in mind that the Social Security Administration's definition of substantial gainful activity applies to all types of work. Generally, your condition must prevent you from doing any type of work, not just the skills you needed for your most recent occupation. In most cases, your medical or mental health condition is not the only factor. Your age and level of education will also play a role in establishing you are disabled.
Documented medical evidence of your injury or illness is also crucial to obtaining disability benefits. As your advocate, I will work with your doctors and hospitals to ensure that your condition is properly documented.
If you cannot afford the type of care you need, I can refer you to free or low-cost community health services that can help you get treatment or medication.
Which Program Is Right For Me?
Many people confuse SSD benefits with Supplemental Security Income (SSI):
- SSD benefits are generally available for wage earners who have worked for at least five out of the past 10 years and meet the other eligibility requirements outlined above. To receive SSD benefits, you must meet this work requirement.
- SSI is a means-tested program based on financial need, not on your work history. If you don't qualify for SSD, I can help you determine other options such as SSI that may be available to help you.
Helping You Understand Social Security Disability Qualifications
If your SSD claim was denied and you're wondering whether you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, I can help you. Contact my Peoria law office to discuss your case. You pay no attorney fees unless I obtain benefits for you.