You may be eligible for Social Security Disability if you have been injured and are no longer able to work. These benefits are available to persons with qualifying impairments who are unable to work as a result of their condition.
This may appear simple, but the fact is that it may be rather difficult. You’ll need the assistance of a qualified social security disability lawyer to apply for your benefits. Continue reading to understand the five questions used to determine if you are eligible, and then call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker.
- Do you currently have a source of income?
- Do you have a serious medical problem that has been identified by a doctor?
- Is your condition the same as or similar to one on the list?
- Are you capable of doing the tasks you used to do?
- Is there anything else you can do?
The first question is whether or not you have a source of income, and if so, how much it is. If you work and earn more than $1,040 per month, you will immediately be ineligible for disability. When you haven’t earned more than $1,040 for more than a year, you can reapply. Note that passive income, such as rent from a property you own, is not included.
The SSA will check to determine if you have a medical condition that has been diagnosed by a doctor. It must be a condition that causes functional limits that interfere with your capacity to work. As a result, there are two things to demonstrate for this criterion: You have a medically diagnosed illness that is interfering with your capacity to work.
The Social Security Administration will then examine their circumstances that automatically qualify as a permanent disability. They may discover that you have one of the illnesses listed, or that your condition is similar to one of them. It’s worth noting that qualifying here is uncommon — most individuals meet the following two requirements, so don’t get too worked up if you don’t meet this one.
Based on the recommendation of a vocational expert, the SSA will examine the previous 15 years of your life to see if you can perform any of those jobs and earn $1,040 or more each month. This will examine your previous work, how it was completed, and your limits. You will not be declared handicapped if they judge that you can still accomplish the job.
If you are unable to do the work you previously did, the SSA will evaluate whether you are capable of doing alternative work, even if it is not what you wish to do. They’ll look at available positions to see whether you’re qualified for them.
If you feel you are entitled to Social Security Disability benefits, we highly advise you to call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker for a free consultation.