Medical and Vocational Criteria Are Used by the Social Security Administration To Determine Your Eligibility for SSD Benefits
It can be difficult to determine whether you qualify for Social Security Disability because you cannot rely on just common sense. Each person is different and each claim must be examined within the context of the law, regulations and court decisions.
Do not rely upon the opinions of others or on stories you have heard on qualifying for SSD. It’s best to speak with an experienced attorney who can evaluate your specific situation and help you get all the Social Security Disability benefits available.
How Federal Law Defines “Disability” and Factors Considered
The Social Security Administration uses the same medical and vocational criteria to determine whether you are disabled under both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The law defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment, which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
We understand this is a confusing definition. All you really need to know is that you could be entitled to disability benefits if you have a medical condition that prevents you from working. Social Security will consider your age, education and past work experience in making its determination. Even if you can do some work, you might still qualify for disability benefits if you are aged 50 or older.
It is very important to hire an attorney if your disability benefits are denied because you must present medical and vocational evidence to the judge. An experienced attorney will know what evidence to submit and write a legal brief. An experienced attorney also knows how to develop the record and focus the issues. Most cases are won or lost depending upon how the judge views the evidence and your testimony.
Not Sure if You Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?
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