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One of the most common questions we get asked is “do I qualify for benefits?” There is no simple answer to that question. What we can tell you is what information the Social Security Administration (SSA) is looking for when evaluating your application.
The SSA follows a strict, multi-step process when considering applications for disability benefits.
To determine if you qualify for disability benefits, the SSA will consider five questions about your work history and medical condition(s).
1. Are you working?
The SSA has strict income limits for eligible applicants. If you exceed those limits, you will be denied.
2. Is your condition severe?
Your impairment must be severe enough that it interferes with your ability to perform basic work-related activities.
3. Does your condition meet or equal a listing?
There are a number of conditions the SSA considers “listing level impairments” If your condition does not meet or equal, the inquiry continues to the 4th and 5th steps. (See below)
4. Can you do the work you did previously?
Even if you can’t perform at your current job, if the SSA determines that you can do work you have done before, you will be denied at this step.
5. Can you do any other type of work?
Vocational rehabilitation and job placement services are available through the SSA, which can help you find other work if the SSA considers your skills and education capable, despite your impairment.
At the Disability Benefits Law Center, we are a dedicated and experienced team of Social Security Disability attorneys and staff that are ready to help you with your claim. Call us today at 414-289-8383 and find out how we can help you.
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