1. Are you working?
If you are working and engaged in “Substantial Gainful Activity” (SGA), then you will not be eligible for Social Security Disability regardless of your disabilities. Currently, SGA is equivalent to $1,000 per month. There are a few exceptions to this rule. We can help you determine whether this is the case.
2. Is your condition severe?
The Social Security Administration defines a “severe" mental or physical impairment as anything that would affect your ability to continue working over a 40-hour workweek. We’ll work with you and your doctors to prove that your condition “severely” affects your ability to work.
3. Is your health problem found on the list of medical conditions that qualify?
If your health problems do not satisfy the criteria found within Social Security’s list, you may not qualify for disability. However, with the right approach, there are a number of different legal avenues you still have available to prove you’re disabled. Contact us today to find out which options are available in your specific case.
4. Can you do the work you did previously?
The Social Security Administration will have an expert who will testify at your hearing about your past work and the judge will decide if you are able to do that kind of work. We’ll help you gather the evidence you need and cross-examine the expert at the hearing for you.
5. Can you do any other type of work?
If the Social Security Disability Program decides you cannot do your past work, they will then look to see if you can do other kinds of work. Age, education and work experience all factor into this consideration.
If your health prevents you from working, The Packard Law Firm will help you with the critical preparations that are necessary to win the benefits you deserve. Contact us today.