Social Security Disability Lawyers Helping Clients Secure Benefits
How Does the Social Security Administration Determine If You’re Disabled?
Both SSI and SSD benefits are only awarded to disabled individuals. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), you are disabled if you meet these conditions:
- You have a mental or physical condition that has lasted for at least 12 months or is expected to result in death or last for at least 12 months in the future.
- The mental or physical condition is severe enough to prevent you from working.
You will not automatically qualify for benefits if you meet these conditions. There are other eligibility requirements, too. For example, to qualify for SSD benefits, you must have earned a certain number of work credits, which means you paid in enough taxes to the SSA throughout the course of your employment.
Because the eligibility rules are so complicated, it’s best to speak to our attorneys to determine if you qualify.