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Even though you can’t work, that doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration is a huge government agency. The Administration uses a very complex system to determine whether or not you deserve disability benefits, and you only win benefits if they decide you meet their official definition of “disabled.”
We’ll get you started with a free evaluation to help you determine if you qualify for disability benefits. Contact us to discuss your disability case.
To receive Social Security Disability benefits, you must be eligible to apply and you must meet the definition of disabled.
Am I eligible to apply for Social Security? There are two types of Social Security Benefits: SSDI and SSI.
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you (and certain family members) if you meet certain criteria:
1) You’re unable to work due to mental or physical problems and,
2) You’re “insured,” that is, that you have worked long enough to be covered by the disability program.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program for disabled adults who are unable to work and have a limited income. However, you do not have to have worked to qualify for SSI.
Understanding Social Security’s Definition of “Disabled”
The Social Security Administration only considers you disabled if your medical condition or injury is expected to prevent you from working for at least one full year (or result in death). Your disability can be a physical issue, a mental issue, or a combination of issues.
If you can’t work, it’s important you schedule regular medical appointments and have enough medical evidence to prove your disability to Social Security.
Generally speaking, Social Security considers you disabled if:
- You can no longer do work you did before;
- SSA decides you cannot perform other work because of your medical condition(s); and
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
How do I Know if My Medical Condition Qualifies for Benefits?
Almost any medical condition keeping you from working can qualify for disability benefits. Some of the most common conditions are:
- Chronic Pain
- Chronic Fatigue
- Heart Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Hepatitis C
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Spinal Injuries
- Lung Disease
- Osteoarthritis of the joints
- Lumbar and Cervical Spine disorders
- Lyme Tick Disease
- Connective Tissue Disease
- Auto-immune Disorder
Contact James Trauring and Associates today to talk about your disability case. We help the people of New York win disability benefits.