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How to qualify for Social Security disability

On Behalf of | May 16, 2019 | Social Security Disability

Social Security disability benefits can provide a vital lifeline to disabled individuals in Texas and across the nation who are unable to care for themselves or their family because of their disability. As a result, disabled individuals should understand how to qualify for, and apply for, Social Security disability (SSD) benefits.

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, the disabled individual must suffer from a disabling medical condition that is severe enough that it prevents them from working. They must be unable to perform any type of work. In addition, the disabling medical condition must be expected to last for 12 months or longer or result in death. Certain medical conditions are included on the Social Security Administration’s list of disabling medical conditions but even if the disabled individual’s medical condition is not the list, they may be able to establish their disability through their medical records.

Overall, as part of an application for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will consider the disabled applicant’s age, education, work history and medical condition to determine if they qualify for SSD benefits. It is important for disabled applicants to carefully maintain their medical records, since these records may need to be included in their application for benefits.

Unfortunately, many claims for Social Security disability benefits are initially denied, so it is essential for disabled individuals to be familiar with how to apply for SSD benefits. Social Security disability benefits can help disabled individuals with their daily financial needs during a difficult period of time, which is why applicants and their families should be familiar with the application process and how to qualify for SSD benefits.