What Qualifies A Person For Social Security Disability Benefits?

by Staff | June 5th, 2013

June 4, 2013

Each year, millions of Americans are left unable to work due to a disabling physical or mental condition they are afflicted with. Most are left depending of Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income to make ends meet; however, the process of filing a claim and having that claim approved can be quite complex.

These complexities leave many potential claimants asking numerous questions as to what qualifies an individual for benefits and what is needed in order to prove their condition. An article from the Centers for American Progress explored the answers to both of these questions.

The law states that the standard for being considered disabled is not being able to earn a minimum of $1,040 per month due to a physical or mental impairment. In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits though, the impaired individual must have worked for at least one-fourth of their adult life and been employed for at least five of the last 10 years before the onset of their disability. The individual’s condition must also leave them unable to work for at least a year or leave them potentially facing death.

Once proof can be established of an individual’s work history, the impaired individual then holds the burden of proving their condition. Evidence from doctors, hospitals, and other specialized medical facilities will be required in order for a claim to be approved.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin may be able to help if you are considering applying for benefits.

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