Our potential clients include those who come to us after being diagnosed with debilitating diseases, those suffering injuries, or those who have had their Social Security Disability (SSD) claims denied. While they may be dealing with different difficulties, they usually ask the same questions: Am I eligible for Social Security Disability benefits? Does my condition qualify?
While all Social Security Disability cases are different, there are a number of guidelines that the Social Security Administration (SSA) follows when awarding benefits to applicants. Here are seven initial questions to ask yourself about your disability and your ability to work:
- Is my condition severe enough that I am unable to work?
- Has my condition been confirmed and documented by a medical professional?
- Is my condition found in the SSA’s list of impairments?
- Can I continue to do the job I held before my injury or disability?
- Is my disability expected to last for at least one year or to result in death?
- Does my medical condition, age, education, skills, or experience allow me to take on different but comparable work?
- Was I working before my disability, and have I contributed to the Social Security system in the past?
- If I am under 50 years of age, and cannot do my previous work, could I do an easier job?
Of all of the questions to ask yourself as you explore the option of Social Security Disability benefits, the most important one is simply whether or not you are able to continue to work in light of your health condition. If you are sure the answer is no, then you should absolutely speak with a disability attorney about your case.
Always keep in mind that just because your initial application for Social Security Disability was denied does not in any way mean you do not deserve to receive benefits for your illness, condition, or injury. A large percentage of applications are rejected each year simply on the basis of missing documents, incorrect information, or not following directions. A Social Security Disability claims attorney will be able to review your application, collect evidence, build your case, and advocate for your needs.
Ultimately, the best way to find out if you will qualify for Social Security benefits is to speak with an experienced disability benefits attorney about the specifics of your condition and case. At Morgan & Weisbrod, we can help you navigate the often confusing and complicated process of receiving disability benefits from the government, helping you decide whether or not to appeal your denied claim. Our SSD claim lawyers only handle disability cases and have decades of experience in assisting Texas residents with denied claims.
To schedule a free, confidential meeting with one of our skilled attorneys, call us today at 1-800-800-6353, or fill out our short electronic contact form.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.