Am I eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Life can be tough for people who are unable to earn a living due to a disability. Fortunately for many, there are programs in place at both the state and federal level designed to help people with disabilities to get by financially with the help of monetary benefits and insurance. In fact, disabled individuals who meet certain requirements may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. If you suffer from a disability and would like to apply for Social Security disability benefits, please review the information below and contact our disability law attorneys as soon as possible to determine your eligibility and potential retroactive benefits you are owed.

Conditions for Social Security disability benefits

When applying for Social Security disability benefits, you must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Your ability to work is hindered by a medical condition
  • You are unable to adjust to alternative work due to your medical condition
  • Your medical condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least a year, or it is expected to result in death

While meeting these conditions doesn’t automatically guarantee that you’ll be approved for disability benefits, Social Security will begin the process here. Further, if you are over 50 years old but under full retirement age, there are additional laws you may rely on to assist you in obtaining benefits in a quicker and easier manner. There are additional listings which Social Security must consider in the evaluation process to see if the condition(s) alleged are so severe, an award of disability is appropriate. Due to the complicated nature of the Social Security disability benefits process and system, it is recommended that you contact our disability law attorneys for further details and assistance so you can be placed in the best position to receive the benefits you deserve.

How does the SSA make disability determinations?

As noted above, your inability to work based on a medical condition is one of the factors the Social Security Administration (SSA) will examine when determining whether you’re eligible for Social Security disability benefits. However, not all medical conditions are eligible. Your medical condition must meet the SSA’s definition of a disability. When determining whether you suffer from a disability, the SSA considers the following factors:

  • Whether you are currently employed
  • Your monthly earnings
  • Whether your disability interferes with work-related activities
  • Whether your disability is on its list of disabling conditions
  • Whether you can perform the work-related tasks you could prior to your medical condition
  • Whether you are able to perform alternative work or if you can perform your current work with accommodations

Contact a Michigan disability law attorney to determine your eligibility

If you would like to receive disability benefits but don’t know how to apply, or if your SSD benefits have been denied or canceled, the skilled disability law attorneys at Disability Law Group are here to help. At Disability Law Group, our experienced disability law attorneys will assist you with every step of the disability benefits process. So, if you live in Macomb County, Oakland County, Wayne County, or elsewhere in Michigan and would like to apply for disability benefits or fight a denial, Disability Law Group is on your side. Remember, at Disability Law Group, disability is all we do. Please contact our experienced disability law attorneys as soon as possible for a free consultation.