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What Qualifies a Person for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Jun 12, 2013 | Social Security

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June 12, 2013

When a person’s physical or mental condition leaves them facing death or unable to work for an extended period of time, they may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Benefits. However, there are certain qualifications that must be met before an individual’s claim can be approved.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) explains that the individual applying for benefits must first have worked for a specific amount of time during their adult life. This ensures the individual has worked enough to put in to the system before receiving money out of the program. The person must also meet certain income requirements. If an individual makes too much money, their claim for benefits may be denied.

If the claimant meets both of these requirements, they will then be asked to provide documentation of their condition, diagnosis, and treatment from a qualified physician.

Many of those who are able to provide all of this information and meet other qualifications as well still have their claim rejected.  Data from the SSA shows that roughly 70 percent of initial claims for benefits are denied by the agency.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the complexities of getting a claim for Social Security Disability benefits approved. That’s why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with a qualified attorney if you are considering applying for such benefits or had a claim denied in the past.

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