Do I Meet the Qualifications for Social Security Disability?

If you are unable to work due to a physical or mental disability, you may meet the qualifications for Social Security disability benefits. To qualify, you must meet the basic requirements for approval.

There are two types of disability benefits available to disabled Americans. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is for those who have paid money into the system through previous employment. The other, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is for those who haven’t met this qualification but meets other criteria for approval such as low income.

Qualifications for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI)

Qualifications for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) include these eligibility requirements:

  1. Cannot do any substantial work due to a physically or mentally disabling medical condition
  2. Have a disability that has lasted or be expected to last at least 1 year, or result in death
  3. Are under the age of 65
  4. Have worked at least 5 of the last 10 years
  5. Have a doctor that can provide medical evidence to support your disability claim

Qualifications for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

If you have not worked 5 out of the last 10 years, you may still qualify to receive disability benefits through Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This program is available for disabled applicants who haven’t earned enough work credits, but meet all other qualifications for Social Security disability. This also applies to children with disabilities and is calculated based off of your household income, resources and assets. Request help with filing this type of claim and see if you may qualify today.

Improve Your Chances For Approval

The Social Security Administration reports that 77% of first-time Social Security disability claims are denied due to basic paperwork errors. suggests that all applicants consider the advice of an experienced Social Security disability advocate or attorney before filing a claim. This service costs nothing out of pocket to you. Find out if you may qualify today with a FREE, no-obligation evaluation.

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