SSD is intended to provide financial assistance to those who cannot work because of a disabling medical condition. According to the Social Security Adminsitration, qualifying disabling medical condition means that you are not able to perform “any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment.” The disability must last a year or longer or is expected to result in death.
If you are disabled and no longer able to perform your job responsibilities, it is important that you file an SSD claim to receive benefits. . You do not want jeopardize your eligibility by filing an SSD claim too late. Once you file your claim, it is important that you present a strong case otherwise you will be denied benefits.
Roughly 70 percent of applicants are initially denied SSD benefits. Because of this, it is a good idea to get the help of a qualified SSD Laws attorney. An experienced SSD Laws attorney knows what the SSA is looking for and can help you win your hearing for benefits.
Qualifying for Disability Benefits
You must have a documented mental or physical health condition that pre vents you from working for at least 12 months in order to receive SSD benefits. Many other things are considered when giving SSD benefits, such as:
- Past work experience
- How long you’ve contributed to Social Security
- Type and severity of medical condition Expected duration of your medical condition
- Education level
- Available work opportunities
Types of Benefits
There are different categories of SSD benefits:
- Social Security Disability Insurance
- Supplemental Security Income
- Disabled Child Benefits
- Disabled Widow(er) benefits
- Disabled Adult Child Benefits
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is for disabled individuals who have worked at least five of the last 10 years and are now unable to work because of a disability. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are issued to low-income disabled individuals even if they have never worked before. Disabled children benefits are included in SSI if the disabled child is under 18 years old and they have low-income parents or guardians. This is different from Disabled Adult Child Benefits which are issued to individuals who suffered the disability before age 22 or whose deceased parents were collecting SSD benefits. Disabled Widow(er) benefits are paid to the surviving spouse of an individual who was receiving SSD benefits and is between 50-60 years old.
If you believe you are entitled to SSD benefits, please contact the experienced SSD laws attorneys at Law Offices of Fred J. Fleming today.