Social Security Disability benefits are a form of financial assistance provided by the federal government to individuals who are unable to work due to a physical or mental disability. To qualify for these benefits, applicants must meet certain criteria, including having a disability that is expected to last at least one year or result in death, and having worked in jobs covered by Social Security for a certain period of time. The amount of benefits an individual receives is based on their work history and earnings, and the amount can vary depending on the individual’s circumstances. In addition to the monthly cash benefits, individuals may also be eligible for Medicare or Medicaid coverage, depending on their income and resources. It is important to note that Social Security Disability benefits are not intended to replace lost wages, but rather to provide financial assistance to those who are unable to work due to a disability. Furthermore, individuals who receive Social Security Disability benefits may also be eligible for other forms of assistance, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or vocational rehabilitation services.
To be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, you must have worked in jobs covered by Social Security and have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. Generally, you must have worked 5 out of the last 10 years before you became disabled. Your disability must be expected to last at least one year or result in death. You must also have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. To meet this definition, you must have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from doing any substantial gainful activity (SGA) and is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death. Substantial gainful activity is work that involves doing significant physical or mental activities. The amount of earnings from SGA is also considered when determining eligibility. If you are earning more than a certain monthly amount, you are usually not considered disabled. The amount changes from year to year and is based on the type of work you are doing. In addition, you must have medical evidence of your disability. This includes medical records, laboratory tests, and doctor’s statements. Your medical records must show that you have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that has lasted or is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death.