Did you know that if you have a disability, condition or disease that hampers or prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits? SSD is a government program that provides cash benefits on a monthly basis for individuals the government deems "totally disabled." To be eligible, the government usually requires that you suffer from either: 1) a condition that has or will prevent you from being employed for at least twelve months, or 2) a condition that will result in your death.
Social Security Disability Factors
The Social Security Act provides disability benefits to individuals who cannot perform any type of work for at least twelve consecutive months. To be eligible for benefits, the Social Security Administration looks at: 1) whether you are working; 2)whether you have a severe medical impairment that meets the required time frame; 3)whether your impairment or illness is on the approved list; 4) whether you are able to perform the type of work you have done in the past, and 5) whether you can perform lighter work should it be available to you.
The Social Security Administration will also consider factors such as the claimant's age, education, work experience, compliance with medical treatment, daily activities and the kind and extent of treatment.
Hire A Social Security Disability Lawyer
A social security disability lawyer can compile the relevant information you will need to show the SSA you deserve SSD. The process of obtaining SSD benefits can be long and tedious as it requires numerous legal forms to be filled out, personal interviews with someone representing the government and potential appearances before an administrative law judge. There are several levels of benefits you may be eligible to receive and you do not have to be eligible for every level to receive at least some SSD benefit. Most people who apply for social security benefits are turned down a minimum of two times. Without legal help, it can take years to get benefits. A social security disability lawyer can speed up the process.