Most people in Mississippi understand that the process of getting Social Security Disability is often lengthy and a denial is a common result. However, what many people fail to realize is the Social Security Disability process is pretty straightforward. As long as you meet all the requirements, getting benefits is not difficult. Yes, it may still take time because the system is overloaded with applications, but if you qualify, you get benefits in the end.
To begin with, according to the Social Security Administration, you must have worked a job covered by Social Security. You also must have worked enough to earn the required number of work credits. You earn credits based on your income. You can earn up to four each year. The number you must have is based on your age and you have to have earned the required amount within the last ten years. This is a very important requirement because if you do not have the work credits, you cannot get the benefits regardless of anything else.
You also must have a valid and verifiable medical condition. The SSA has specific guidelines about what disabilities qualify you for benefits. Generally, your medical condition must disable you so you cannot do your former job or do any other type of work for a year or more. If you currently work, you cannot earn more an $1180 per month as of 2018 or you do not qualify for benefits.
To ensure your application has the best chance of approval, make sure you meet all these requirements. This information is for education and is not legal advice.