In order to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, you must meet certain criteria. First, you must have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. Second, you must have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. In general, the definition of disability is the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. Additionally, you must have a certain number of work credits, depending on your age. Generally, you need 40 credits, 20 of which were earned in the last 10 years ending with the year you become disabled. Finally, you must be unable to do work that you did in the past and cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition.
The Social Security Disability Claims Process can be a long and complicated process. It is important to understand the process and the steps involved in order to ensure that your claim is successful. The first step is to complete an application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This application can be completed online or in person at a local Social Security office. Once the application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If the application is approved, the claimant will receive a notice of approval and will be eligible to receive benefits. If the application is denied, the claimant can appeal the decision. The appeals process involves submitting additional evidence and attending a hearing before an administrative law judge. If the appeal is successful, the claimant will receive benefits. If the appeal is denied, the claimant can file a request for reconsideration or a request for a hearing before an administrative law judge. The SSA will review the evidence and make a decision. If the decision is favorable, the claimant will receive benefits. If the decision is unfavorable, the claimant can file a civil action in federal court. The court will review the evidence and make a decision. If the court finds in favor of the claimant, the claimant will receive benefits. The Social Security Disability Claims Process can be a long and complicated process, but understanding the steps involved can help ensure that your claim is successful.