Understanding Social Security Disability Eligibility

Disability is defined by the Social Security Administration as an inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity for eight hours per day because of an impairment, which can be expected to last for one year or result in death. However, there is an exception to this definition for people aged 50 or older with a work history of no transferable skills, even if they can work an eight-hour per day sedentary job.

Do You Qualify For Benefits?

While the definition above may seem straightforward, you cannot always rely on common sense to determine what is and what is not a disability under Social Security law. Factors such as age, education, work experience and transferability of skills, the type of impairments, including mental disorders, and the specific limitations must be properly assessed to determine if a person is entitled to disability benefits. At Morgan & Justice in Columbus, our Social Security Disability lawyers will review your case and determine whether or not you meet the eligibility requirements.

In addition to disability requirements, there are also requirements related to your work history. You are only eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits if you have worked a certain amount of time and paid sufficient Social Security taxes. If you have not, you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Just Because You Were Denied Benefits Does Not Mean You Are Not Eligible

Perhaps you have already applied and your application has been denied. This does not necessarily mean that you are not eligible. Many applications are initially denied. Our attorneys will gather any supplementary information necessary to make it clear to the Social Security Administration that you are disabled and in need of benefits.

Furthermore, partially returning to work does not necessarily interrupt disability benefits. Sometimes a claimant can work part time and still receive benefits. We can offer guidance if you are considering returning to work.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

Call us at 800-948-6200 or 614-258-1133, or send us an email today. The law places the burden of proof on the disabled person to prove he or she is disabled based upon demonstrable abnormal testing and clinical findings. We will help you meet the burden of proof.