Social Security Disability (SSD) is a federal program that provides financial assistance to individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. To qualify for SSD, an individual must have a physical or mental impairment that is expected to last at least one year or result in death, and must have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. The amount of benefits an individual receives is based on their work history and earnings. SSD benefits are paid monthly and can be used to cover medical expenses, housing costs, and other living expenses. In addition to the monthly benefits, individuals may also be eligible for Medicare or Medicaid coverage. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is responsible for determining eligibility for SSD benefits and administering the program. Individuals who are approved for SSD benefits can expect to receive payments for as long as their disability continues.
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must meet certain criteria. First, you must have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from working and is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death. Second, you must have worked long enough and recently enough to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. This is based on the amount of Social Security taxes you have paid over the years. Third, your disability must be severe enough that you cannot do the work you did before, or any other type of work that exists in significant numbers in the national economy. Finally, you must provide medical evidence of your disability. This includes medical records, laboratory tests, and statements from your doctor. If you meet all of these criteria, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.