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Are You Eligible for Social Security Disability?

When you are disabled and in need of funds, you should consider seeking Social Security Disability benefits. However, you will first need to determine whether you are eligible. Even if a condition prevents you from working, there are other requirements for receiving Social Security Disability payments.

At Farah & Farah, one of our Jacksonville Social Security Disability lawyers can help assess your eligibility for disability benefits. If we determine that you are potentially eligible, we can file the initial application for benefits and fight for the disability payments you deserve.

What Types of Disabilities Are Eligible for Social Security Disability Payments?

Applications for Social Security Disability benefits are approved or denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA will only approve benefits if it determines the applicant is “disabled.” Accordingly, the first step in obtaining disability benefits is determining whether your medical condition is an SSA-approved disability.

Under SSA rules, an applicant is only considered disabled if his or her condition meets the following requirements for severity:

  • The condition prevents the applicant from performing the work they did before.
  • The condition prevents the applicant from adjusting to other work.
  • The condition is expected to last at least one year or result in death.

SSA will also check if the applicant’s condition is included in the SSA’s impairment listing manual, known as the “blue book.” If a condition is listed in the SSA blue book and meets the severity requirement, it automatically qualifies as an SSA disability. The blue book lists numerous disabling conditions, including cardiovascular conditions, respiratory illnesses, mental disorders, neurological disorders, and many more.

Even if your condition is not in the blue book, it may still qualify as an SSA disability if (1) the condition is considered medically equivalent to a blue book impairment or (2) the condition prevents the applicant from working.

What Are Other Requirements for Eligibility?

In addition to having a disability within the meaning of Social Security guidelines, a disabled person must meet the following requirements for eligibility.

  • Work Status: The applicant is ineligible if they are actually working and earning over a certain monthly amount.
  • Work Eligibility Tests: The applicant must also pass the “duration of work” and “recent work” tests. These tests determine: (1) whether the applicant worked in jobs covered by Social Security for an adequate amount of time, and (2) whether the applicant’s Social Security-covered work was recent enough.

How a Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help

If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability, it is best to consult a Social Security Disability attorney early in the process.

Social Security Disability lawyers are familiar with the SSA rules for eligibility. In addition, they will have experience with the process of applying for disability benefits. This will be essential in determining the medical documentation that will be needed to support your application. When you choose Farah & Farah, we will handle everything from obtaining all of your medical records to setting up a functional capacity evaluation and/or obtaining an independent medical examination with a doctor who is certified to perform a disability analysis that can be very helpful in proving your claim.

We will meet all deadlines during the application process, supplying SSA with additional information and documentation when requested.

Consult a Jacksonville Social Security Disability Lawyer at Farah & Farah

If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability payments, speak with a Jacksonville SSD lawyer at Farah & Farah. We can assess your eligibility for benefits and work to obtain those benefits for you. You have enough to worry about; let us deal with the government.  Contact us today to learn more.