Requirements to Qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits

Because of the predicted decline of the Social Security budget, qualifying for Social Security disability benefits is becoming more difficult. Even so, the number of Americans who need these benefits to survive, has not declined. Qualifying for this government service requires individuals to meet both medical and non-medical eligibility requirements. With more stringent eligibility requirements constantly being enacted, it is now more important than ever that you are certain you meet the qualifications for Social Security disability benefits before you apply.

Medical Requirements

To be deemed medically disabled, there are several key requirements that must be met. The disabled person must have medical proof that they were impaired physically or mentally within the last 60 to 90 days. They also must prove that the disability is preventing the applicant from doing what is considered substantially gainful activity (SGA). SGA is typically defined by whether an individual earns above a fixed amount of money, which differs per disability. An applicant must prove that if they were not disabled, they would be making at least the SGA limit for their disability.

Non-Medical Requirements

Along with meeting the medical requirements, financial and legal standing must be considered to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Regardless of the disability, if an applicant makes more than the earnings limit set by the Social Security Administration, the applicant is ineligible for benefits. Furthermore, the applicant must have worked a minimum amount of time and contributed to the Social Security fund before being granted any benefits. These are just a few of the non-medical requirements for claiming Social Security disability insurance.

Contact a Social Security Disability Insurance Attorney Today

Applying for Social Security disability insurance is a long and tiring procedure filled with complex forms and deadlines. Do not let the application process be what stops you from claiming the disability aid that you may need. Call the Chris Mayo Law Firm today at (210) 999-9999 to learn more about the qualifications for SSDI.

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