Social Security Disability Benefit Criteria

by Staff Blogger | April 8th, 2016

Social Security Disability benefits exist to help disabled people who can no longer work. It’s an important program that makes a substantial difference in the lives of thousands of people across the country. Unfortunately, more than two-thirds of initial applications are denied. This is because the process can be complex and confusing. Just one misstep can delay your claim or result in a denial.

The more you know about the process, the better chance you’ll have of securing benefits the first time around. The entire process can be distilled into a simple question: Do you fit the criteria defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA)? For instance, the SSA considers you disabled and potentially entitled to benefits if you:

  • cannot do the work you did before.
  • cannot adjust to other work because of your medical conditions.
  • have been disabled, or are expected to be disabled, for at least one year or your disability will result in death.

That’s the first set of criteria to consider. If you pass that test, you may have a SSD claim, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your claim will be accepted. As stated before, learning everything you can about the process before filing a claim will give you the best chance of securing benefits.

Our website has a wealth of information about the SSD process to get you started. If you have additional questions, we’re always here to provide answers absolutely free of charge. Just give us a call anytime.