When a California adult is unable to work because of a disabling mental or physical condition, he or she may be eligible for benefits through the Social Security Administration. Making the decision to file for benefits is only the first step in a very long process. The early stages of a claim are critical to its success, and it is helpful to know how to develop a strong case from the very beginning.
An important thing to consider is whether you are currently working. If you earn more than $1,260 per month, you will not qualify for benefits from the SSA. It’s helpful to have documentation of your income and financial records. Another consideration is whether you can prove you have a serious impairment that prevents you from earning over a certain amount.
When deciding whether to grant an applicant disability benefits, the SSA will look at the applicant’s capacity to work. It is important to gather and include all pertinent documentation that can verify how your disability impacts your life. Preparing a strong and thorough claim from the beginning can give you a better chance of success and help you prevent setbacks.
It can be complex and frustrating to secure disability benefits through the SSA. If you believe you have a valid claim, you may want to start by reaching out to an experienced disability attorney. An assessment of your case can help you understand how to navigate the early stages of preparing a disability claim and how you can give yourself a better chance of success.