Answers to Your Questions About Social Security Eligibility
One of the most common questions that disabled people have about Social Security Disability (SSD) is whether they qualify. In general, your eligibility for disability benefits will depend on your medical condition and your work history, but the final answer to this question is rarely clear cut.
At the Rochester NY Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, we have filed claims on behalf of thousands of clients. We can explain the complex standards for qualifying for both SSD and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and guide you through each stage in the qualification process, from the initial application through appeals of denied claims, if necessary.
What Medical Conditions Qualify for Disability?
To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must have a serious medical condition that is expected to last for at least one year or end in death. Many medical conditions may qualify as a disability, including back and neck injuries, mental illness, orthopedic injuries, cancer and many other illnesses and injuries. The injury must have been diagnosed using medically acceptable techniques and must be proven with specific medical evidence.
You must be totally disabled by the medical condition, which means that you are unable to engage in any productive work, whether it is the type of work you did before or some other type of work that you could perform. This is one of the most challenging parts of an SSD case.
Work Requirements for SSD
If you meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability and you have worked full time for five of the past 10 years, you likely qualify for SSD insurance benefits. If you do not have the work history requirement for SSD, you may still be eligible for SSI benefits. SSI does not require a specific work history, but it is limited to people with very low income and few assets.
Experienced SSD attorneys
If you have questions about whether you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you can turn to the Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, for answers. We have knowledgeable Rochester, NY lawyers who can explain the application process and guide you through potential pitfalls along the way.
Schedule your free consultation today. Call 877.236.7366 or contact us online. You will not owe us any fees unless we obtain benefits for you.