What Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

by Staff | July 18th, 2014

There are millions of Americans who are unable to work because they suffer from mental or physical conditions, leaving them with limited resources for income. Help is available to many of these individuals through Social Security Disability benefits, but many U.S. citizens continue to question what conditions will necessarily qualify for the program.

There is currently a list—known as the compassionate allowances— of more than 200 conditions that automatically qualify for expedited processing of a disability claim. These conditions have been recognized as extremely serious and commonly lead to an approved Social Security Disability claim.

If your condition is not listed as a compassionate allowance, there is still hope; however, your case may face more scrutiny. The Social Security Administration requires extensive proof that your condition:

  • Prevents you from continuing the work you once did.
  • Leaves you unable to preform a different job.
  • Will persist for longer than one-year or is expected to result in death.

If your condition falls under these standards, you may qualify for benefits. It’s important to remember there are never guarantees of an approved claim, considering as much as 70 percent of Social Security Disability cases are initially denied.

This is why it’s crucial to have a Social Security Disability lawyer by your side through each step of the claims process. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our legal staff can help guide you through the Social Security Disability system. So get in touch with us today for a free consultation of your case.

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