There may come a point when you find that you're unable to work as the result of a disability. This should lead you to consider every available option for receiving compensation, including disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
The SSA takes many factors into consideration when determining if you're eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- The definition of disability: The SSA defines a disability as an illness or injury that has lasted 12 months or longer, is expected by reasonable medical standards to last for 12 or more months or is expected to result in death.
- Job responsibilities: The Social Security Administration (SSA) will determine if you are unable to work your current position, as well as any other type of employment.
- Severity of the impairment: The medical impairment, physical or mental, should be backed up by medical evidence. The SSA will determine if the impairment prohibits you from performing work activities, such as communicating with others, sitting, standing and using your best judgment.
If you have any reason to believe you're eligible to receive SSD benefits, don't hesitate to learn more about the process and complete an application.
If you receive a denial letter, which is common, read it thoroughly to better understand the next steps. You have the legal right to file an appeal. By providing additional information, you may be able to receive an approval for benefits in the near future.
It's not always easy to file for SSD benefits, especially when you're facing a dire situation with your health, but you don't want to miss out on money that's due to you.