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Do I qualify for Social Security Disability?

Think of your Social Security Disability as an insurance policy. For eligibility of these benefits, you must meet the terms of coverage contained in federal guidelines. Broadly speaking, to qualify for social security disability eligibility you must show that.

  • Your disability is “total”, meaning that it is preventing you from engaging in any work that you might be suited to do on any substantially full-time basis.
  • Your disability must be “long-term”, meaning that it must be expected to last for a period on one year or greater, or that is expected to result in death.

Social Security Disability Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for SSI, you must meet the same disability standard. Whether your individual situation meets this standard is often a very complex determination in which the Social Security Administration is required to make some judgment calls. The Social Security Administration, like all insurance companies, is a conservative decision maker. Some claimants are obviously and undeniably disabled under the definition. Some claimants are just as obviously not qualified for benefits.

It is those cases that require more judgment in the gray areas that often result in claims being wrongfully denied. There is what is called an institutional bias against the award of these benefits. Simply put, closer cases usually result in decisions against claimants.

SSA in no way advocates for you in developing and deciding your eligibility for these benefits. You have little chance to advocate in your own behalf during the application process. That is why so many claims are denied at this first step, yet awarded on appeal.

If you would like our attorneys to review your individual claim, just complete the case evaluation form on this website.

If you think you qualify, learn more about the Social Security Disability Application Process