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Social Security Law

Social Security Disability overview

Many people have worked hard for their entire lives, only to be struck with a debilitating injury or illness in their later years. Though they are willing to work, these people are not able to do the job like they used to or how it is meant to be done. It is a "disability," and they may be entitled to benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance program, which provides disabled persons who are unable to work with income supplements.

Social Security Disability Insurance is given to those who apply and are deemed unable to engage in substantial gainful activity -- or, in other words, those who are unable to work enough hours and make enough money to support themselves and their families due to a disability.

 

You will be found disabled if it can be proven that you have a medically-determinable condition that has kept you from working or is expected to keep you from working for at least twelve months.

 

After filing a Social Security Disability application, and being approved for disability benefits, the disabled person is sent a check monthly to help cover his or her cost of living. The dollar amount of benefits that the disabled person receives per month is based on the average of his or her past earnings.

What Does It Mean To Be Disabled?

Other Social Security Disability Requirements

You also must be insured under the Social Security Disability Insurance program's rules in order to be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. There are certain rules and guidelines for determining if you are insured. It has to do with when you last worked (the "recent work" test), which is based on your age when you became disabled, and how long you've worked (the "duration of work" test), which is used to show you've worked enough under Social Security. The guidelines for the blind are generally not as strict, and there are exceptions for those who are blind.

The following are examples of medical conditions that may qualify a person for Social Security Disability benefits:

 

  • Arthritis / Joint Damage
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Heart Disease
  • Leukemia
  • Liver Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe Anxiety Disorder
  • Stroke

 

The important thing to remember, however, is that to be successful, these medical conditions must be well-documented and provable by medical examination and tests performed by an approved medical professional. The better a person's medical records are in documenting his or her disabling condition, the easier it is to prove disability and be approved to receive Social Security benefits.

Common Medical Conditions

Bowser Law, PLLC offers free consultation with an attorney during which your Social Security Disability case will be discussed and any questions you may have will be answered. We collect no fees unless we win your case and you receive benefits. With over 20 years of Social Security Disability claim experience, our team knows how to help you get the benefits you need.

To request a free consultation with an experienced attorney to discuss your Social Security Disability case and your chance of success, fill out the contact form here, or call our offices today at (855) 2-BOWSER

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 Bowser Law, PLLC

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