Do You Qualify for Social Security Disability?


The list of requirements that need to be met in order for a person to be considered for Social Security Disability Benefits is notoriously long. Many people who apply for disability benefits do not qualify for it and the Social Security Administration states that over 60% of first time applications get denied. Some genuinely do not fit into the SSA’s strict definition of disability, while other simply miss-represented themselves on the application form. The first step is determining whether or not you are eligible for this kind of benefit and you can do this in a number of ways. You can check the information on the SSA website, call your local SSA office or speak to a Social Security Disability lawyer.

Usahurt Social Security Disability attorneys and advocates can help you to determine whether or not you have a claim. The definition can be fairly complex, but it can essentially be broken down into the following:

• You must fully insured, having earned 40 credits over a ten year work period

• You must have some recent work history

• Only those that are deemed to be “totally disabled” under the terms set out by the

SSA, will be eligible

If you meet all the criteria above then there is a good chance you will be able to get a social security disability income, but it is still not guaranteed. Even individuals that at first glance seem to completely fit the requirements can find their application being denied initially. This is often because people underestimate the amount of information required and how do not understand what the SSA and Disability Determination Services (DDS) are looking for on the application process. This is why having a Social Security Disability Attorney or Advocate is beneficial as they can help to ensure that the process ends in a favorable result.

On the initial submission of you application you information will be first scrutinized by the SSA before it is passed on to the DDS for more in-depth assessing. The DDS will check all your insurance, medical and work details to determine whether or not you qualify. They will then make a final decision based on their findings. As mentioned previously, the vast majority of applications are not successful at this stage.

Denial of the application at this stage will mean having to resubmit it for reconsideration and then if that is also unsuccessful, asking to take your claim before a hearing. Getting through all these stages can take several years and your application may still get denied after all of that.

Claimants that employ the services of social security disability lawyers greatly increase their chances of a successful claim from the early stages of the application process. This is because these lawyers have a full understanding of this process and what is required in order to achieve a successful claim.

Disability lawyers can help to ensure a smooth a successful outcome and the fact that they operate on a contingency basis, means that you do not have to worry about paying their fees. If they are not successful in getting a positive result from you claim, they do not get paid. Click here to complete an online free case review form. Or call 1-877-USA-Hurt (872-4878)