First-Time Applicant Qualifications

The Social Security Administration considers someone disabled if:

  • He or she cannot do work as had been done before;
  • The SSA determines the applicant cannot adjust to other work because of his or her medical condition(s); and
  • The disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
    • Many diseases and health conditions, both physical and mental, may qualify for benefits. Frequently, it is a COMBINATION of conditions that results in a ruling of being “disabled.”       Read more…

Other requirements include:

  • Age: Applicants must be between 18-62
  • Work History: Applicants must have worked and paid into the SSD system within the last five calendar years.
  • Employment: Are you working? Generally, if someone is working and making more than $1,000 a month, that person is NOT considered disabled.
  • Medical History: Are you currently seeing a doctor? SSD claims are based at least partially on ongoing and consistent medical records.