Do You Qualify For Disability Benefits?
While you may be unable to work, that fact alone won’t guarantee you Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration is a big government agency and uses a complex legal system to decide who deserves benefits. You can only win benefits if you meet its strict definition of “disabled.”
What Does It Mean To Be Disabled?
Under the Social Security Disability 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.
In general, Social Security considers you disabled if:
- You cannot perform the work that you did before
- The Social Security Administration (SSA) decides that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s)
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death
Common Medical Conditions That Often Qualify For Benefits
Just about any medical problem that stops you from working can qualify for disability benefits. However, below is a list of the most common medical problems:
- Heart disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Depression and/or anxiety and/or bipolar disorder
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Fibromyalgia and/or chronic pain
- Hepatitis C
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Lung disease
- Osteoarthritis of the joints
- Lumbar and cervical spine disorders
- Connective tissue disease
- Autoimmune disorder or HIV
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The process of applying for and convincing the SSA that you have a disability and are entitled to receive benefits is long and complex. Getting an experienced legal team on your side that can walk you through each step to make sure all of the paperwork is filed correctly and all procedures are completed can increase your chance of getting approved.
Our attorneys at Packard Law Firm in San Antonio have years of experience helping individuals with all aspects of the Social Security Disability process. Let us help you.