Disabled Individuals Declined for Disability Benefits: Here’s Why
Many individuals who are disabled and unable to work are not reaping the benefits of disability coverage. Instead, they are given the options of working a much lesser job in the same company, making less money in another field, or working as an unskilled laborer. An experienced lawyer can help individuals like these know and assert their rights.
Eligibility for SSDI
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI), applicants must meet all of the following qualifications:
- Your medical condition – whether physical or mental – must be severe enough to affect your ability to perform basic work tasks and responsibilities.
- After your disability determination is rendered, your condition must last for a full year. The only way around this rule is if your condition is projected to last for longer than a year by a medical professional.
- Your condition must be severe enough to prohibit or prevent you from earning a monthly income.
- As a prerequisite, you should have paid Social Security taxes for at least five of the past 10 years.
If you meet these four criteria and are still not receiving benefits, you may be unjustly treated and may have a right to SSDI benefits.
Important Factors for Determining Disability
The two most important things to be considered are medical history and work history. If you are indeed hurt and unable to work, your medical history should provide a clear paper trail of your condition. Additionally, your work history will show what skills you have and what tasks and duties you are required to perform. Before awarding disability, it must be proved that you cannot perform these tasks as you did when healthy.
For more information and resources on how you can claim the disability benefits you are rightly owed, please contact Brock and Stout Attorneys at Law. We would be happy to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.