When you are disabled and you apply for Social Security Disability insurance, the Social Security Administration will make an assessment regarding whether you are sufficiently disabled to qualify for benefits.
More than half of all applicants for benefits are denied, so it is important to understand how the Social Security Administration determines if you are considered disabled enough to be eligible for benefits. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to submit the strongest possible claim for benefits.
How the Social Security Administration Determines if You're Disabled
When the Social Security Administration assesses whether or not you are disabled, the SSA looks at a number of factors including:
- Whether you're currently engaged in substantial gainful employment. If you're earning too much, you won't be considered disabled.
- Whether you can do any job, including jobs your qualifications transfer to, despite your disabling condition.
- Whether your condition will last for a year, has lasted a year, or will be fatal.
- Whether your condition is listed on the Social Security Administration's listing of impairments and if you have the accompanying symptoms required for that condition. If your condition isn't listed, the SSA looks at whether your condition is equivalent in severity to the listed conditions.
A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to prove you meet the key criteria to be considered disabled so you can maximize the chances of your benefits claim being approved. Contact an attorney for help as soon as you become disabled, as it takes time to put together a claim and get approved for benefits.