Qualifying for Social Security Disability is a frustrating, confusing process, especially for those suffering from a debilitating illness or injury. Many applicants are unsure where to begin the process, what evidence they need, or even if they qualify for benefits. If you’re hoping to receive Social Security Disability benefits, below are answers to a few of the questions you might have.
Social Security Disability FAQ
Who qualifies for benefits?
Social Security Disability is an insurance program funded by payroll taxes limited to workers and their families. Benefits are available to those with sufficient work history, disabled children of deceased workers, or widows and widowers between the ages of 50 and 60 whose spouses qualified for coverage.
What types of disabilities are covered?
The Social Security Administration maintains a comprehensive listing of impairments severe enough to qualify for disability, including traumatic injuries, illnesses, and mental health disorders. If your medical condition isn’t included in the listing, you may still be eligible for benefits if you can show your health issues makes it impossible to work.
What type of evidence will I need to submit?
Your Social Security Disability application should include all relevant medical information, including test results, doctor’s notes about your impairment, and prognosis. The more evidence you can provide your attorney, the higher your chances of achieving a favorable outcome.
Can I still work and receive disability?
Many disability recipients work part-time, and the SSA actually has programs designed to help you try working without endangering your benefits. However, if you earn more than $1,220 per month, the SSA will assume you’re capable of working full-time.
The Social Security Disability application system can be difficult and overwhelming, but a skilled attorney can represent your interests and guide you through the process. At Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC, our legal team has over 100 years of combined experienced serving disabled clients throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota, and together we’ll help ensure you get the benefits you deserve. Visit us online to learn how we can help or call (877) 784-1230 to arrange a consultation with a skilled attorney today.