Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program that provides benefits to those who are no longer able to work due to a disability. Although the benefits can be extremely helpful, you must pass a selective application process before qualifying to receive SSDI benefits.
Requirements for SSDI Benefits
To qualify for SSDI, you must prove that your medical condition is considered a disability. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has specific definitions for mental and physical conditions that are considered disabilities and are eligible to receive benefits.
SSDI benefits are most often approved based on an individual’s ability to engage in “substantially gainful activity.” If a person’s condition prevents them from being physically or mentally considered for employment, then they are eligible for disability benefits. To qualify for SSDI benefits, a person must be unable to engage in any substantially gainful activity for at least 12 months.
Common Claims that Qualify for SSDI Benefits
The most common disability claims for social security disability include:
- Muscle, back and joint conditions
- Cancers and tumors
- Circulatory and cardiovascular diseases
- Behavior disorders and mental illness
- Spine and nervous system disorders
- Undefinable conditions, such as headaches or chronic fatigue
- Digestive system disorders
- Respiratory system disorders
- Infections and parasitic diseases
Each type of illness or disorder is classified into 14 different categories.The standards are different based on the various group and can be combined as well.
Even when one condition is not severe enough to warrant a disability classification, the sum of all of your conditions may be sufficient enough to qualify for SSDI benefits. For this reason, it is important that you list all of your health conditions when applying.
If you are suffering from one or multiple medical conditions that are preventing you from working, then you may qualify for SSDI. The experienced Knoxville social security disability lawyers at Greg Coleman Law will be able to help you file a claim and increase your chances of receiving benefits.
Call (865) 247-0080 to learn more about the SSDI application process.