Having an experienced Social Security Disability attorney can help streamline the application process for Social Security Disability benefits.What are the Qualifications for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Over 40 million Americans are reported as having either a physical or mental disability. While the circumstances and the diagnosis of each individual’s disability vary, the one thing that many of them have in common is the question of whether their case qualifies to receive Social Security Disability benefits.  Social Security Disability benefits are administered based upon an individual’s disability through two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  Although many individuals report having a disability, not all are approved for benefits.

Each Social Security Disability program has criteria that determine which cases qualify for benefits. To qualify for benefits through either of the Social Security Administration (SSA) programs, individuals must meet the criteria established in the SSA’s definition of disability. According to the SSA, disability for an adult is defined as “the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months”.  For a child under the age of 18 to be considered disabled, they must have a “medically determinable physical or mental impairment or combination of impairments that causes marked and severe functional limitations, and that can be expected to cause death or that has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months”.  Neither of these definitions means that you must be completely incapacitated. You simply must not be able to work gainfully.

Not sure whether your disability is a “medically determinable impairment”?  Don’t worry! The SSA has a list of impairments that describes medical conditions that are considered severe and automatically defined as disabled.  According to the SSA, “a medically determinable physical or mental impairment is an impairment that results from anatomical, physiological or psychological abnormalities which can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques”. These physical and/or mental impairments must be documented and supported by medical evidence consisting of signs, symptoms and diagnostic testing, not just your statement of symptoms.

The deciding criteria for SSA’s programs are not essentially the same as the criteria applied in other government and private disability programs. When applying for Social Security Disability benefits, the preparation and presentation of the facts have a large influence on the outcome of the case.  To increase your chances of a successful case, it is vital to provide any evidence that you have to prove your disability. The more information you provide to the SSA that proves your disability, the higher the chance of you being approved for Social Security Disability benefits.

Having an experienced Social Security disability attorney can help streamline the application process for Social Security Disability benefits. In addition to ensuring that your claim is properly decided, an attorney can assist you in gathering medical records and other crucial information that are vital to the success of your case. At The Cochran Firm, we believe in our clients and go the extra mile to make sure they know it. Our experienced attorneys can evaluate your case for free to determine whether you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. For more information, fill out the form now and we will call you back as quickly as possible.


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