Social Security disability benefits are intended to help those who can no longer work due to a physical or mental impairment and has previously worked a job covered by Social Security. A Social Security covered job means that an individual has worked and paid Social Security taxes on his or her earnings. This program is designed to provide monthly financial support to individuals whose condition interferes with basic work-related actives such as lifting, standing, walking, sitting, and remembering. Not all medical conditions are considered a disability. The challenge in receiving these benefits is in meeting the strict definition of disability described by the Social Security Act.
To be considered “disabled” under the Social Security Act means you must be unable to engage in substantial, gainful work activity (SGA) (for wages or profit) on a sustained basis due to medical conditions that are severe in nature and are likely to last twelve consecutive months or result in death. A disability determination involves the following:
- Are you working?
- Is your medical condition “severe”?
- Does your condition meet the medical criteria of impairments? (list of qualified impairments)
- Can you do any other type of work?
There are special rules for the blind, hearing impaired and children. Social Security disability benefits may also be eligible for specific members of your family. There are separate rules that apply to family members.
Strict requirements must be met before you will be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. Therefore, it is essential that your disability is well-documented from the time you became disabled to the present. When you apply, there is a specific procedure to be followed and strict deadlines that must be met. The process is detailed, lengthy and you have the right to representation by an attorney of your choice.
Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a challenging process. Let our attorneys with decades of Social Security disability experience help file a claim on your behalf or assist you in appealing a denied claim. Call us at 888-748-KING (5464) or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation.