Are You Eligible?
Connecticut Social Security Disability Lawyers
To meet the eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you must meet strict guidelines set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). First, you must have worked for a certain length of time and paid enough Social Security taxes to be considered eligible for benefits. Next, you must have a medical condition that meets the SSA’s definition of a disability.
The key to demonstrating that you meet the SSA’s eligibility requirements is properly and thoroughly documenting your work history and medical condition. If you need help preparing your application or appeal for SSD benefits, our Connecticut Social Security Disability lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers can help.
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Social Security Five-Step Evaluation Process
When the SSA evaluates your application for Social Security Disability benefits, it uses a five-step process to determine if you are eligible.
This evaluation will ask:
- Are you working? – If you are working, your wages must be lower than a certain amount to be considered eligible.
- Is your condition “severe?” – Your medical condition must interfere with your ability to perform basic work-related activities.
- Is your condition found on the list of disabling conditions? – The SSA has a list of medical conditions that are categorized by the systems of the body they affect. Your impairment must be on this list, or it must be determined that it is equally as severe as the conditions on the list.
- Can you do the work you did before? – Your condition must be so severe that it not only prevents you from doing your current work, but the work you did previously.
- Can you do any other type of work? – The SSA also will consider whether or not you are capable of doing any other type work.
Other Factors the SSA Considers
When considering your ability to work or adjust to a new type of work, the SSA will also consider factors such as your:
- Age – Age is seen as a factor that can limit your ability to adjust to a new type of work. If you’re between ages 45-49, the SSA considers you “more limited” in your ability to adjust to a new type work. If you are age 55 or older, the SSA considers you significantly limited in your ability to adjust to a new type of work. If you are under age 50, the SSA generally does not see age as a contributing factor.
- Education – The SSA may consider how many years of school you completed, including any special job training, trade, or vocational schools. However, this evaluation isn’t limited to formal education, and they will often consider evidence that your education level is higher or lower than the last formal grade you completed.
- English fluency – The SSA considers the inability to communicate in English as a factor that limits your ability to adjust to a new type of work.
- Work experience – Your age, vocational experience, and functioning capacity (such as your ability to lift a certain weight) will be considered when determining if you can adapt to new employment or a less strenuous occupation.
Our Connecticut disability lawyers can help you determine if you may be eligible for benefits-call us today for help.