Determining Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits

Do You Qualify for Disability Benefits? Find Out with a Free Evaluation.

While you may be unable to work, that fact alone won’t guarantee you Social Security disability benefits. Social Security is a big government agency. They use a complex legal system to decide who deserves benefits, and you can only win benefits if you meet their strict definition of “disabled.”

We'll help you determine whether you do. Contact us for a FREE evaluation of your disability claim and find out if you qualify for benefits.

Types of Disability Benefits You May Qualify For

There are two types of Social Security Disability Benefits: SSI and SSDI.


The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you meet three criteria: 1) You are disabled, 2) You have earned enough work credits through Social Security taxes, and 3) As of the date you became disabled, you must have worked at least 5 of the last 10 years.


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a charity-based program for disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.

What Does Being Disabled Mean?

Under Social Security rules, you’re only considered disabled if a medical condition or injury is expected to keep you from working for at least one full year (or result in death). The disability can be a physical condition, a mental condition, or a combination of problems.

If you’re unable to work, it’s important that you schedule regular medical appointments and gather enough documentation to prove your case to Social Security.

In General, Social Security Considers You Disabled If:

  • You cannot do work that you did before,
  • They decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

Social Security has a Five-Step Process to determine whether you're disabled.

What Medical Conditions Qualify for Benefits?

Just about any medical problem that stops you from working can qualify for disability benefits. These are some of the most common:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Cancer
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hepatitis C
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Lupus
  • Lung Disease
  • Anxiety
  • Osteoarthritis of the joints
  • Lumbar and Cervical Spine disorders
  • Lyme Tick Disease
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Auto-immune Disorder
  • HIV

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