Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits

Social security is, for some people, the only means of income in their retirement years. And for those who require medical attention or expensive treatment, normal social security benefits may not be enough. To ensure receipt of the maximum possible award, it is critical to understand the program and its guidelines.

To qualify for these benefits, individuals are generally expected to have had employment that paid portions of their income to Social Security. The presence of a medical condition meeting Social Security’s definition of disability must be also be proven. Once they are granted, benefits are paid on a monthly basis to those who are unable to work due to their disabilities.

To meet the Administration’s standards of disability, the applicant must suffer from medical or psychiatric impairment that prohibits him or her from accessing gainful employment. Some of these impairments include:

  • brain tumors
  • epilepsy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • autoimmune disorders
  • cancers
  • heart disease
  • liver disease

Others who may qualify for Social Security benefits include retirees and their spouses, widows and widowers of workers, and spouses and children of deceased workers. Many recipients are able to receive supplemental payments and medical care in addition to their standard awards.

  •  Supplemental Social Security. Those who have limited income and resources may receive additional relief.
  •  Medicare. This can include inpatient and outpatient hospital care, doctor visits, and prescription drug coverage.

Various documentation is required for the application process, including proof of birth, social security number, tax records and proof of employment, documentation of all income, and detailed information regarding medical illness and injury – contact information for service providers, list of medications, records of medical tests, etc.

Although the process for filing can be timely and tedious, it is often a necessary action for those who have little or no other means of income. For assistance with claims and appeals, legal representation may be needed. Contact the legal professionals at Brock & Stout for more information.