Qualifying For Social Security Disability

The Basics Of Qualifying

At the Texas law office of David Dopkin, Attorney at Law, we have talked to countless individuals who have questions about qualifying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. We have also assisted more than 3,500 clients with their claims.

In any SSD claim, you should be aware that the Social Security Administration takes several factors into account when determining whether or not to grant you benefits. The Administration will consider your age, your education, your work background and your medical conditions.

Because SSD is a long-term disability program, it is intended for adults who are unable to work for at least 12 months. For children, the medical condition must cause severe limitation of age-appropriate functioning for at least 12 months. Unfortunately, the program does not provide for short-term disabilities or "partial" disabilities.

In addition, benefits are reserved for those who cannot be gainfully employed in any job, not just their current jobs. The disability regulations do require consideration of your age, education level and prior work experience. It is possible, for example, for a person nearing retirement age to qualify for benefits while a younger person with the same or similar medical issues may not.

Providing Medical Documentation

Providing clear medical proof of your disabling condition is key to obtaining benefits. Although there may be obstacles that make it difficult to obtain medical care (such as financial issues or transportation problems), you should make every effort to obtain appropriate medical care. Report all your symptoms and follow the recommended course of treatment.

Are You Over 50?

The Social Security Administration's rules take into account that it becomes more difficult to find a new career or job as one gets older. A health condition that does not qualify you for benefits at age 45 may easily qualify you at age 55. Learn more about disability claims for those over age 50.

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If you are in need of experienced legal guidance and representation from an attentive lawyer, please contact us today for a free telephone or office consultation. Simply call our Houston office at 281-407-8026 or send us an email. We handle all SSD and SSI benefits claims on a contingency basis – you will not be charged a fee unless we win your claim.

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