Filing Requirements for Social Security Disability

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Do you suffer from an injury or illness that prevents you from working? If your disability has lasted, or is expected to last, for more than a year, you may be eligible to collect Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). Gardner, Barrow & Sharpe P.C. is ready to guide you through the challenging application process. Our attorneys have more than 100 years of collective legal experience helping the disabled obtain the benefits they’re entitled to.

Eligibility for Social Security disability

Proving that you are disabled and deserve SSDI benefits is not easy. Below are some of the basic criteria the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses to determine if a person is eligible for benefits:

  • Substantial gainful activity — First, the SSA investigates whether you are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity. You must be found incapable of making a certain amount of income per month because of your injury. For more information about how the SSA determines gainful activity, contact our experienced team of Social Security disability lawyers.
  • Medical evidence — Next, your medical records must contain up-to-date information about your condition. The SSA examines your medical records to determine whether there is documented evidence of your injury or illness and how it prevents you from working.
  • Residual functional capacity (RFC) assessment — After reviewing your medical records, the SSA determines if you can do sedentary, light or medium work. The SSA also reviews your physical and mental condition to assess whether you can handle any degree of semi-skilled, unskilled or less-than-unskilled work.
  • Medical vocational guidelines — The SSA uses the results from their RFC assessment to decide whether you can return to work at your original job. If they determine you cannot function at your previous occupation, they will determine whether your skills would allow you to perform other less demanding work.

For more information on Social Security benefits or for answers to common questions, contact our Social Security attorneys.

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