How the SSA Determines Disability Status
If you suffer from a disability but you’re still able to do some tasks very well, you may wonder if you can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Under SSDI rules, a person must be medically unable to work to qualify. But what does that mean?
Social Security Disability Insurance helps cover your expenses in case of a severe injury or disability. In order to receive help, you need to work for a certain amount of time and pay into the system. Then, if you develop a medical condition that leaves you unable to work, SSDI makes up for some of your losses.
With that said, it’s still possible to earn income and qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. But your income has to be lower than a certain amount per month, on average. That number changes from year-to-year, so an SSDI lawyer can tell you the exact amount depending on when you apply.
The SSA keeps a list of severe medical conditions that automatically qualify you. It includes certain cancers and fatal diseases. If you have one of the medical conditions on the list, the SSA instantly qualifies you to receive benefits. And if not, you can still qualify for disability by showing your condition prevents you from earning income.
As an SSDI application lawyer, I sometimes meet with people who want to apply even though they can physically keep a regular job without much trouble. They look at SSDI as a form of unemployment, but that’s not how the SSA sees it. Generally speaking, those applicants won’t qualify for SSDI.
Why You Need a Social Security Disability Lawyer
If you want to apply for SSDI, you should consult with an attorney. The complicated application process weeds out the majority of applicants, so without a lawyer you have a much greater chance of being denied.
Darrell Castle & Associates has helped hundreds of Social Security Disability Insurance applicants get the benefits they desperately needed, and we’d love to help you.
Call (901) 327-1212 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney, or contact us online today to get started.