Suffering from a medical condition, injury or illness that prevents you from working could mean that you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Simply having a condition is not enough; you must complete an extensive application process, part of which includes having sufficient medical documents and other proof that verifies your claim of disability.
It is not easy to prove to the Social Security Administration that you have a genuine disability, and many initial claims come back denied. If you believe that you have a valid claim or have already received notice that your claim did not get approval, you would be wise to secure help and work to better understand how to prove your claim of disability.
Who is eligible?
Not everyone with a serious illness and an inability to work will be eligible for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration holds to a very strict definition of disability, and if you do meet their requirements, you will not get benefits, no matter how injured or sick you may be. You may be eligible if you meet the following requirements:
- You are not able to work as you did before your injury or illness.
- Your disabling injury or illness is such that it prevents you from working in other types of employment.
- Your injury or illness will last for at least a year or result in your eventual death.
According to the SSA, in order to be genuinely disabled, you must be unable to hold gainful employment. The SSA also has a list of qualifying medical conditions, illnesses, injuries and mental conditions that may qualify a person for disability.
How to validate your claim to SSD benefits
The first step in proving that you have a valid claim to social security benefits is to gather all necessary medical documentation. This can include everything that may relate to your injury, illness or health history. You may also find it useful to seek support from your Mississippi doctors, as letters and other documentation from medical professionals can further strengthen your claim. Finally, it may also be appropriate to include certain types of non-medical evidence as part of your SSD benefits claim.
Fighting for the financial support you deserve
It is not easy to seek and obtain Social Security disability benefits. The claims process is complex, and you may find it useful to have help from the very beginning of the process, even before you complete your initial claim. If you meet the eligibility requirements for disability, you have no time to lose in seeking the benefits you deserve.