Everyone has heard the horror stories of people applying for disability benefits and getting nothing after a 6 year struggle. A question we are commonly asked is do I even qualify for Social Security disability? If everyone is getting denied over and over again would I be any different? If you find yourself in this boat here is your guide to whether or not you will qualify.
1st Is Your Condition Going to Last 12 Months of Longer?
In order to qualify for long term disability benefits you must have a condition that is expected to last 12 months or longer. Conditions easily fixed with surgery or diseases expected to pass quickly will not qualify for SSDI or SSI Benefits.
2nd Have You Seen a Doctor in the last 12 months?
While there is the occasional exception to this rule, if you are not seeing a doctor regularly you will likely not qualify for disability benefits. The number one piece of evidence the judge will be looking at is your medical records. Without them getting approved is nearly impossible.
3rd Have You Worked at Least 5 out of the Last 10 Years?
If you have worked at least 5 out of the last 10 years you should qualify for SSDI or DIB benefits. If you have not you will not qualify for DIB benefits but may qualify for SSI benefits.
4th Is Your Household Income Low Enough?
If you do not qualify for DIB benefits you may still qualify for SSI. SSI is a needs based benefits which means Social Security will look at your household income between you and your significant other.
5th Does My Condition Prevent Me From Doing My Past Work?
Social Security is going to look at your past work history. If your condition prevents you from reasonably being able to do your past work you may qualify for benefits.
6th Does My Condition Prevent Me From Doing Other Kinds of Work?
Social Security is going to look at your age and level of education. If Social Security deems there are other jobs out there that you can do with your conditions you will not qualify for disability benefits.
Call a Utah Disability Attorney
If you cannot work you may qualify for disability benefits. Having an experienced Social Security Lawyer can make the difference between winning and losing benefits. If you don’t think you can afford an attorney you are wrong. There is $0 up front and we will only take a fee if we are able to get you benefits. Call today for your free consultation.