Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability in New Orleans?
Even though you may not be able to work, that doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a large government agency. The SSA uses a complex legal system to determine who receives disability benefits, and you will only win benefits if you meet the agency’s strict definition of “disabled.”
I can help you determine whether or not you do. Contact us to talk about your disability case.
To win Social Security Disability benefits, you must be eligible to apply and you must meet the SSA’s definition of disabled.
Should I apply for Social Security? There are two types of Social Security Benefits: SSDI and SSI.
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you meet three criteria:
- You are disabled,
- You have earned enough work credits through Social Security taxes, and
- As of the date you became disabled, you must have worked under Social Security at least five of the last 10 years.
Sample Qualifying Impairments:
- Back Pain
- Heart Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Spinal Impairments
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program for disabled adults who have limited income and resources.
The meaning of “being disabled…”
Under Social Security’s rules, you’re only considered disabled if your medical condition or injury is expected to stop you from working for at least one full year (or result in death). Your disability can be a physical condition, a mental condition, or a combination of problems.
If you can’t work, it’s very important you schedule regular medical appointments and gather enough medical evidence to prove your case to Social Security.
In general, Social Security considers you disabled if:
- You can no longer perform work you did before;
- You can’t adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
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