By: Darrell Castle

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, you must be MEDICALLY unable to work.

So therefore, you should apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) when you’re medically unable to work.


You shouldn’t apply if you lose your job.

You shouldn’t apply if you’re on the job hunt and are struggling to find one.

You shouldn’t apply if you don’t want to work.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) lists certain disabilities that will automatically qualify you for SSDI when you apply. And just to re-iterate, you won’t find “don’t want to work” and “job hunting isn’t going so well” on that list. Yet people in those positions seem to want to apply.

If your doctor has declared you disabled – or medically unable to work – then you should look into applying for SSDI, even if you don’t have one of the automatic disabilities on the SSA’s list that I mentioned above.

You can apply on your own, but I recommend hiring an experienced SSDI attorney to help you. These applications aren’t your simple online forms you fill out and submit, but they’re rather complex stacks of forms. An attorney can comprehend the legal jargon and knows exactly what to turn in to have a successful application.

And if you’re denied, don’t be discouraged. Up to 70% of initial claims are denied, but you can appeal that decision. I’ve developed a free short guide that will help you through this appeals process that you can download here.


Darrell Castle & Associates has decades of experience in successful SSDI applications. If you’d like for us to help you with yours, you can call (901) 327-1212 to schedule your FREE appointment, or fill out one of the contact forms on this page to have someone from our office contact YOU!


Our firm has received multiple Client Distinction Awards from Martindale-Hubbel for client satisfaction so I can assure you that you’re in good hands here.