Determining Eligibility For Disability Benefits
Although anyone can technically apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, having any real chance of success depends on whether you meet the administration’s five-prong test.
Factors that determine your eligibility include:
- Whether you are working and whether your hours surpass a certain amount each month
- Whether your medical condition is severe enough to limit your ability to do basic work activities
- Whether your medical condition meets or medically equals a listing (impairment)
- Whether you can do work you were able to do before
- Whether you can do other types of work
You Must Provide Documentation To Support Your Claim
The Social Security Administration’s office of Disability Determination Services (DDS) must be satisfied that the disability or impairment you have is supported by the evidence you’ve provided and that it meets the criteria DDS has established for that particular condition. DDS must also be satisfied that you are not just incapable of returning to your old job, but that you cannot do other work either.
In practical terms, this means that most initial claims for Social Security Disability benefits are denied because of insufficient medical evidence and doctor’s reports that are not carefully worded to conform to the SSA’s definitions or findings of the ability to perform other work.
File A Claim Or Appeal A Decision
At McKown & Myers, LLP, we help disabled individuals statewide overcome these obstacles and obtain Social Security Disability benefits. Our Indiana lawyers help people appeal denials of initial disability claims. Although you do not need a lawyer to file an initial disability claim, we would be happy to discuss how to file an initial claim with you or answer any questions about the initial claims process.
In sum, we work hard for our clients. We put in the time and effort it takes to build the strongest case possible initially, so that we can use the skills we’ve honed in litigation to win at the administrative level. This process may take some time, but rest assured that we will do everything we can to avoid unnecessary delays and keep the process moving forward.