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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides vital financial support to individuals who are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition. If you or someone you love are in need of Social Security Disability Benefits, it is important to understand the qualifying criteria.
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A top factor for disability benefits is your current employment status. In order to qualify for SSDI benefits, you must not be engaged in substantial gainful activity (SGA) – which describes your level of work activities and earnings. The Social Security Administration (SSA) sets income thresholds each year to determine what qualifies as SGA. If your earnings exceed these limits, you may not be eligible for benefits.
Duration and severity of medical conditions play a crucial role in determining eligibility. SSDI benefits are intended for individuals with long-term disabilities expected to last at least 12 months or eventually result in death. These conditions are typically long-term or permanent conditions. Therefore, if your condition prevents you from working for 12 months or longer, or is expected to do so, you may meet this requirement.
Continuing medical treatment is vital to establish the credibility of your disability claim. The SSA considers ongoing medical care to be evidence that you are actively addressing your condition, thus providing you a reason for more funding. Consistent medical documentation, such as doctor visits, prescriptions, and other medical records can strengthen your case and increase your chances of receiving SSDI benefits.
The condition you may be in could hinder your ability to continue previously normal activities – including work. For this reason, in order to determine eligibility, the SSA evaluates whether your medical condition prevents you from performing the work you previously did and from performing any other work in the national economy. If your condition hinders your ability to perform tasks required by your past employment, you may meet this criterion.
SSDI benefits can provide much-needed financial support during a difficult time, ensuring you can maintain your livelihood despite a disabling condition. However, navigating the eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability Benefits can be difficult. There are many stipulations that are factors in determining one’s eligibility. If you want to know where to start, you can begin by considering the questions outlined above, and determine whether you meet the criteria for SSDI benefits. If you have further questions or need assistance, set up a free consultation with a team member from Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law by calling 1-877-JAN-DILS.
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