Do you qualify for Social Security disability benefits?
While you may be unable to work, that fact alone won't guarantee you Social Security disability benefits. Social Security is a big government agency. They use a complex legal system to decide who deserves benefits, and you can only win benefits if you meet their strict definition of "disabled."
We'll help you determine whether you do. Contact us for a FREE evaluation of your disability claim and find out if you qualify for benefits.
What does being disabled mean?
Under Social Security rules, you're only considered disabled if a medical condition or injury is expected to keep you from working for at least 12 months. The disability can be a physical condition, a mental condition, or a combination of problems.
If you're unable to work, it's important that you schedule regular medical appointments and gather enough documentation to prove your case to Social Security.
In general, Social Security considers you disabled if:
- You cannot do work that you did before
- They decide that you cannot 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.
What medical conditions qualify for benefits?
Just about any medical problem that stops you from working can qualify for disability benefits. These are some of the most common:
- Chronic Pain
- Chronic Fatigue
- Heart Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Hepatitis C
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Spinal Injuries
- Lung Disease
- Lumbar and Cervical Spine disorders
- Lyme Tick Disease
- Connective Tissue Disease
- Autoimmune Disorder
Still confused? We can help.
This process can be overwhelming. We know. We see clients come to us baffled by this complex Social Security system.
Some answers to questions we often see:
What happens if I’m denied?
If you’ve been turned away by Social Security, your fight isn’t over. In fact, most people are denied on their first application anyway, so you aren’t alone. Social Security features a multi-step appeals process with opportunities to win at each juncture.
How much will it cost to hire a disability advocate?
Nothing unless you win. Our fee will come out of your back benefits, a lump sum Social Security will give you for the time you waited on a disability decision.
My doctor said I was disabled, but Social Security says I’m not. How do I figure this out?
Many doctors either don’t know the Social Security’s definition of disabled or won’t spell it out in specific enough terms for you to use on your application. We can help you reconcile these two results and help you make your case as strong as possible.
I need someone experienced to look over my case. Can you do that?
Absolutely. We’ll evaluate your situation at no cost to you. Just fill out the form below to get started.