Do I Qualify?

Qualify for Social Security Disability in Raleigh

Do I Qualify for Disability Benefits?

While you may be unable to work, that alone won’t guarantee you Social Security Disability benefits. Social Security is a big government agency. They use a complex legal system to decide who deserves benefits, and you can only win benefits if you meet their strict definition of “disabled.”

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Woman looking out the window towards the sun

Our Raleigh, North Carolina based Social Security Disability attorneys can help you determine whether you do. Contact us to discuss your disability case.

To receive Social Security Disability benefits, you must be eligible to apply and you must meet the definition of disabled.

Am I eligible to apply for Social Security? There are two types of Social Security Benefits: SSDI and SSI.

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you meet two criteria:

  1. You are unable to work due to mental or physical problems and,
  2. You are “insured,” that is, that you have worked long enough to be covered by the disability program.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program for disabled adults who have limited income and resources and are unable to work. However, you do not have to have worked to qualify for SSI.

What does being disabled mean?

Under Social Security rules, you’re only considered disabled if a medical condition or injury is expected to keep you from working for at least one full year (or result in death). The disability can be a physical condition, a mental condition, or a combination of problems.

If you’re unable to work, it’s important you schedule regular medical appointments and gather enough documentation to prove your case to Social Security.

In general, Social Security considers you disabled if:

  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • They decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

What medical conditions qualify for benefits?

Just about any medical problem that stops you from working can qualify for disability benefits. These are some of the most common:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Cancer
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hepatitis C
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Lupus
  • Lung Disease
  • Anxiety
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lumbar and Cervical Spine disorders
  • Lyme Disease
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Auto-immune Disorder
  • HIV

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