You are too disabled to work, but your Social Security disability claim has been denied. You are not alone. In 2005, the Social Security Administration denied 64 percent of applications for Social Security Disability benefits.
How Do You Qualify for Benefits?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers you disabled if you cannot do the work you did before and you are unable to adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s). In addition, your disability must last or be expected to last for at least one year or to result in death. Social Security benefits are paid only in cases of total disability, not partial or short-term disability.
That’s the short version. The SSA’s official definition of disability is 1,416 words long – that’s three single-spaced pages of text. The complexity of Social Security disability requirements is one of the primary reasons disabled people in Texas rely on the attorneys of Morgan & Weisbrod, LLP for help in obtaining benefits.
- Your Disabling Condition Alone. You may qualify for Social Security disability benefits based solely on the medical facts of your disability. If your disabling disease or condition meets the requirements of the Social Security Administration’s listing of impairments, you are automatically qualified to receive Social Security Disability benefits, regardless of your age, education, and the type of work you do, so long as you are not performing substantial work at the time..
- Your Condition and Other Factors. You may also qualify for Social Security Disability benefits through a combination of factors. The disability determination can include the medical facts of your condition, your age, your level of education, and the type of work you have done in the past.
If your disability claim has been denied, or if you would like advice in filing your initial claim, please contact the Social Security attorneys at Morgan & Weisbrod today. We can begin working on your case immediately, without you even having to leave your home. Call us with any questions about receiving Social Security disability in Texas.
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by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.