Greenville Social Security Disability Attorney
Am I Eligible For Benefits?
How do you know if you are eligible for benefits? In order to receive Social Security Disability benefits, there are several criteria that you must meet. If you do not meet these criteria, your claim will not be approved. However, in reading the below criteria, if you think you do not qualify, do not give up hope. You may actually qualify after all, and the way to find that out is to contact our offices and talk to Greenville Social Security Disability attorney Timothy E. Burch about your situation. You just might be eligible after all.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a qualification system of 5 steps, which will be used to determine whether you can receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
- Are you currently working? If the answer to this question is “yes”, you still may qualify for benefits as long as you are earning less than $940 every month, the current SGA (substantial gainful activity) amount.
- Is your physical or emotional condition severe? In order to qualify as “severe”, your condition must be expected to result in death or to last at least 12 months and interfere with basic, work-related activities.
Is your condition on the list of disabling impairments? The Social Security Administration maintains a list of impairments, categorized by each of the major body systems, which are considered too severely impair these systems. If your condition is listed here, you automatically qualify. If your condition is not listed, the SSA can evaluate it and determine if it is equally severe to these listed impairments. See the SSA list of disabling impairments by
(The following questions only apply if you answered “no” to question #3)
- Can you do the work you previously did? If you cannot do the same or similar work as you did in the past 15 years, you may be approved. If you can still do the same work you have done previously, your claim will be denied.
- Can you do any other type of work currently available in the economy? If you cannot do any other type of work, you may be approved. If you can do other work that is offered in today’s national economy, you may be denied.
Regardless of your answers to the above questions, it is important to consult a lawyer who can help determine whether you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. A lawyer can also appeal a claim denial or file a claim for you.
Are you eligible for SSD benefits? Contact Greenville Social Security Disability Attorney Timothy E. Burch today!