One of the most difficult things about the government's Social Security Disability insurance (SSDI) program is that it's hard to know if you'll qualify for benefits. Even if you believe that you fall under the correct categories to be considered disabled, you may have received a denial letter or be unsure if you've prepared everything correctly for the Social Security Administration (SSA).
There are some ways that you can be surer of yourself when you're applying for SSDI. There are a few questions you can ask yourself to see if you would qualify in the eyes of the SSA. For example:
Is your condition severe?
Severe conditions limit patients significantly, making it difficult to sit, walk, stand, lift, remember or do other basic work for a period of 12 months or longer.
Are you working?
This is another important question. If you are currently working and earning more than $1,220 on average, then you usually won't qualify as disabled. If you aren't working, then the application will move on to the Disability Determination Services (DDS).
Is your condition on the disabling conditions list?
There is a list composed by the SSA that includes many of the medical conditions considered disabling. If yours is not on the list but a similar condition is, you may still qualify for SSDI.
Can you perform other kinds of work or work you did in the past?
If you are able to adjust to new work or can return to work, then you may not be able to qualify.
These are a few questions to think about if you want to apply for SSDI. Your attorney can help if you want to move forward with your application.