The question of who qualifies for Social Security benefits and who does not is complex and depends on many factors. The first condition to be eligible for these benefits would be to have worked in a job or career that is covered by Social Security. On top of that, there will need to be some sort of medical condition that is considered a disability by the Social Security Administration (SSA). A likely requirement is that a disabled person is unable to work for at least a year due to their disability. If you qualify, the benefits will generally continue until you can regularly work again. A checklist of questions to help you determine if you can qualify may include:
- Am I working?
- Is my medical condition severe?
- Is my condition on the Social Security Administration's list of impairments?
- Can I continue the work I have been doing?
- Can I perform other types of work?
If you still making a significant amount of money, you may not be considered "disabled" by Social Security standards. Also, if your condition does not seem to interfere with your work requirements, you may not be seen as disabled. Oftentimes, even if your disability prevents the continuation of your current work, if you could perform other types of work, your claim could be denied. You are considered disabled and most likely eligible for benefits if you cannot do your previous work, you cannot perform another type of work and your disability will most likely continue for at least one year. If you have further questions regarding Social Security disability benefits and whether or not you qualify, contact Fendon Law Firm, P.C. We offer free initial consultations for social security cases, so feel free to call our Phoenix Social Security disability lawyers today to discuss your disability and circumstances!