Disability

To apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you must see if you meet the stringent qualifications by answering five main questions to determine your disability eligibility:

1. Are you working?

a. If the answer is yes, then you probably will not qualify for disability benefits because these are meant for those who are incapable of working.

b. If the answer is no, you may continue on to see if you are eligible.

2. How severe is your disabling condition?

a. Your condition must be severe enough that it is hindering your normal capabilities to carry out your work.

b. If your condition does not limit your ability to do basic work, then you do not qualify.

3. Is your disabling condition recognized by the Social Security Administration?

a. You may only qualify if your disability is on SSA’s official list acknowledged as a “proper” medical condition.

b. If your medical condition is not recognized by the SSA, you need to work through the next two questions to seek further qualification.

4. Are you able to do the same work you used to do?

a. If your condition prevents you from conducting the same work you used to do and can provide evidence, you may qualify.

5. Can you do different work?

a. Finally, if you are unable to carry out the same work you previously did, the SSA will ask if you can do different work.

b. If you can do other types of work, then you are not disabled and do not qualify for benefits.

In the final areas of determination, the SSA will look at several factors of your life, such as your current medical condition, your age, education, past work experience, and possible work experience.

Attempting to apply for disability benefits can be a laborious process, especially if you are unable to work during the qualification process. Seek a professional attorney to assist you to rightfully determine your qualifications or to fight a rejection claim you may have received.

If think you or someone you know may be eligible for disability benefits, call 1-866-MICH-LAW (1-866-642-4529) for a free consultation at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. We never charge a fee unless a recovery is made.

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