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.