How to Determine Your Social Security Disability Eligibility

by Staff | July 14th, 2014

There are many struggles you may face if you’re unable to work because of an injury or illness, but one of the most difficult hurdles to overcome is getting financial support to cover your day-to-day expenses. Luckily, programs like Social Security Disability (SSD) are available for many suffering from disabilities. However, you may have questions about qualifying for SSD benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines Social Security Disability eligibility by asking three questions:

  • Can you do the work you did prior to accident or illness?
  • Is there other work you are capable of doing?
  • Will your condition last longer than on-year?

Depending on your answers to these questions, you may qualify for SSD benefits, but there are other factors that must be considered before your benefit claim will be approved. An informative video from Daily Finance explains two of these factors:

  • Wages– The SSA determines whether you make enough money to cover your own expenses. If not, you make qualify for benefits. It’s important to remember you can continue earning a small income while still receiving SSD through programs such as Ticket to Work.
  • Your Condition– Depending on the injury or illness you’re suffering from, you may automatically qualify for benefits through Compassionate Allowances.

Having a Social Security Disability attorney by your side can prove beneficial when applying for SSD benefits. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we are here to help you answer any questions you may have if you are considering applying for SSD benefits, or if you have a claim that’s been denied in the past. Call anytime for a free consultation of your case.

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