If a California adult is unable to work because of a medical condition, it can lead to financial struggles for the entire family. Without an income, an individual may find it difficult to pay for basic needs, such as medical bills. Social Security disability benefits exist for the purpose of supporting eligible applicants who are unable to work due to physical or mental disabilities. Unfortunately, the process of securing benefits can be complex, and it’s important to know how to develop a successful claim.
A better chance of success
A well-developed claim will have a better chance of success. This process starts with an understanding of eligibility requirements and what the Social Security Administration considers a valid disability. The following are important facts regarding eligibility requirements:
- The individual applying for the disability benefits must not be working full-time or earning over a certain amount in order to be eligible.
- The applicant must have a valid and serious medical impairment, and he or she must be able to provide documentation proving the disability.
- The SSA will evaluate an applicant’s ability to work along with his or her functional capacity before determining if he or she is eligible.
It can be difficult to secure disability benefits, even if the claim is valid. An applicant may benefit from assistance at every step.
Support and guidance
A disabled California adult may find it helpful to work with a legal professional who understands how the disability process works. Legal support can give an applicant a higher chance of success with his or her claim. Before starting this process, it is helpful to first seek an assessment of the individual case.