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Who’s Eligible for Social Security Disability?

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Understanding who is and is not eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be a tricky process. Continue reading below in order to learn about the qualifications and requirements to meet in order to qualify for SSDI.

Definition of Disability

Under Social Security rules, you are disabled if you cannot do the same work you did previously, cannot readjust to other work, and your condition is expected to last at least a year or result in death. The Social Security Administration implements a five-question process to determine whether or not you are disabled. These questions are listed below:

Are you able to work?

If you currently work and earn more than $1,310 monthly, you cannot be considered for SSDI. If you are not working, then you will continue through the question process.

Is the condition severe?

The condition that you have must significantly limit your capacity to work for at least 12 months. If the condition interferes, the question process will continue.

Is the condition within the list of disabling conditions?

The Social Security Administration provides a list of specific medical conditions that are severe enough to prevent an individual from completing work-related tasks. If the condition is not on the list, it will have to be debated whether or not it is as severe.

Can you complete your previous work?

This step decides if your medical disability keeps you from completing your previous jobs. If it is found that you can complete your previous jobs, you will not qualify for disability.

Are other types of work feasible?

At this specific step, it is determined if you could complete any other types of work. Your condition and skills are taken into consideration, and if it is found that you can do other work, you will be denied for SSDI.

There are other special circumstances and situations that can potentially impact your SSDI eligibility. If you need help figuring out if you qualify, don’t hesitate to contact Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. today.

We’re here to make this process easier! Call (844) 383-0565 to schedule a free consultation.

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