Whether it is due to an injury, illness or mental condition, there are many forms of disabilities that may allow you to receive Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income, known as SSI. However, proving the disability with the Social Security Administration to receive benefits is not an easy process, as is evident by the majority of claims being denied initially.
There are specific criteria that must be applicable for you to be considered for SSD benefits. The SSA defines "disabled" as the following:
- The inability to perform the same work prior to the injury/illness/mental health condition
- The inability to currently perform the work due to the injury/illness/mental health condition
- The disability is expected to last at least one year or is expected to end in death
A worker must be unable to work for a profit or engage in "substantial gainful activity" during the course of the injury/illness/mental health condition. Furthermore, if you earn more than $1,090 per month, which is applicable to individuals who are not blind, according to the Social Security Administration you are not considered disabled and will be denied SSI.
If you believe you qualify to receive SSD benefits, you will have to prove your medical condition with documentation from doctors and various other sources. This is also not an easy procedure, and the documentation can be intimidating. Getting more information about the application process may be a good first step, and may help you get approved. The procedures and protocols for applying for Social Security Disability benefits will be discussed in our next post.
Source: . FindLaw.com "How to Prove Disability" Accessed June 16, 2015