The first step in the process of obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is to determine whether you qualify. The requirements as stated on the Social Security Administration (SSA) website sound straightforward enough: “To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must first have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. Then you must have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. In general, we pay monthly cash benefits to people who are unable to work for a year or more because of a disability.”
Keep in mind that as clear as this definition appears, the following components of it may be debatable in individual cases:
- “You must have worked”
- “Jobs covered by Social Security”
- “A medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition”
- “Unable to work for a year or more”
- “Because of a disability”
Any one of these criteria may be subject to interpretation. As you aim to prove that your ailments keep you unable to work for 12 months or more, it is a smart move to discuss your case with an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer.