Do You Qualify For Disability Benefits

Am I eligible to receive 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."

We'll 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.

SSDI
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you meet three criteria: 1) You are disabled, 2) You have earned enough work credits through Social Security taxes, and 3) As of the date you became disabled, you must have worked at least 5 of the last 10 years.

SSI
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays you benefits if: (1) You are disabled and (2) you have limited income and resources.

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 conditions.

If you're unable to work, it's important that 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 have done in the past 15 years.
  • 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 of the joints
  • Lumbar and Cervical Spine disorders
  • Lyme Tick Disease
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Auto-immune Disorder
  • HIV

Contact us today about your disability case. Our experience can make all the difference.

Sackett & Associates is a Disability Law Firm focusing on Social Security Disability. Our Disability Lawyers service Northern California, including San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Monterey, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Mendocino and Humboldt counties.

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