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Determining Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits

What actually determines Social Security Disability eligibility?

While many people may be wondering this question, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has provided you with many valuable resources and information as to their decision making process when it comes to Social Security Disability claims and benefits.

The SSA uses a five-step process in which they determine whether an individual is eligible for benefits. They will not only examine the work you did previously, but will evaluate your condition to determine if your injuries prevent you from continuing the same type of work.

If you are unable to return to work due to the condition, they will then evaluate your other skills and education to determine if there is any other type of work that you may be capable of completing.

The following is the five-step process in which the SSA uses to determine eligibility:

  1. Are you working?
  2. Is your condition considered "severe"?
  3. Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions?
  4. Are you able to do the work you did previously?
  5. Is there any other type of work you can do?

The first three steps give an answer to the matter if you are working and bringing in a source of income at more than $1,000 per month. This is not considered to be disabled if you are.

However, if your condition is considered severe, it will likely match a disabling condition on the list and allow for benefits. If it is severe but not listed, the matter becomes complex and having a seasoned Social Security disability attorney on your case is strongly advised.

At the Whitley Law Firm, the legal team provides exceptional legal resources to those who have been seriously injured or disabled and are no longer able to work. To get the help you need in determining eligibility for Social Security disability benefits, contact the firm today!

Categories: Social Security