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Monday, November 25, 2013

Who is eligible for Social Security Disability?

As an attorney serving clients in the Stockbridge, Georgia area, it has been my experience that while people may have a general idea about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), most are not entirely sure who is eligible receive SSDI benefits.  Here are some guidelines about who is eligible for SSDI benefits, and how we can help:

First, it’s important to know that Social Security only pays out for total disability. People with partial disability or for short-term disability are not eligible for SSDI payments.  

Social Security defines “disabled” as the inability to work.  Someone is considered disabled under Social Security if he or she:

  • cannot continue to do the same work that he or she did before
  • cannot adjust to other work because of a medical condition(s)
  • has a disability that has lasted (or is expected to last) for more than one year, or to result in death.

Social Security has a list of medical conditions that may deem those afflicted as disabled.  The list includes a wide range of conditions, from chronic heart failure to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and mood disorders.  You can click here to see the complete list of medical conditions, which is categorized by major body system for adults and children.  Of course, the severity of the condition influences whether someone qualifies for benefits.  If your condition is not on the list, then you will need to justify why your medical condition is of equal severity to a medical condition that is on the list.  If it is not, your claim will be denied.

Because the extent and severity of the medical condition directly affects the outcome of your SSDI application, it’s smart to work with an experienced attorney who is well-versed in SSDI to help you through the process.  Applications are often denied based on mistakes or technicalities that could be avoided if you work with someone who can help you assemble the medical records and other information necessary for a complete application.  Whether you are applying for the first time, or considering an appeal after being denied, you can leverage our experience and know-how to ensure that your SSDI application is strong, accurate and properly submitted. 

For more information on this topic, email Casey Crumbley at ccrumbley@smithwelchlaw.com or call him at (770) 957-3937.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have an uncompromising commitment to serving our clients and our community. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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