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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jul 20, 2015

The Social Security Act has been in effect since 1935, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed it into law. In 1956, disability benefits were added to the program. Since then, millions of people have become beneficiaries of disability claims. The Social Security Administration does have strict rules and definitions regarding eligibility for the program. In order to be deemed “disabled” the following must apply to you:

  • You are unable to do the work you did before.
  • Your medical condition prevents you from adjusting to other forms of work.
  • Your condition has lasted or will most likely last for at least one year, or will eventually result in death.

The administration uses other criteria, both medical and non-medical, in determining whether you qualify for either Social Security Disability(SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Beyond proving that you are medically disabled, you must also have either earned enough work credits to be “insured” under the SSDI program or your income and assets must be low enough to qualify for SSI.

  1. The Social Security Administration determines the following in considering your case:
  2. If you are currently employed.
  3. If your condition is severe enough to interfere with basic work-related activities.
  4. If your condition is found on the list of disabling conditions. If so, you are automatically considered disabled. If not, the SSA determines if your condition is of equal severity to a condition on the list.
  5. If you can perform the work that you previously did.
  6. If you can perform any other type of work. Your condition, your age, education, past work experience and any transferable skills are taken into account.

In the event that you’ve become severely injured or diagnosed with a serious illness and you think you may qualify for disability, speak to an experienced attorneyregarding your case. This will increase your chances of being approved and the speed with which you can start receiving payments.

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