Social Security Administration’s Disability Qualifying Test
To determine whether you qualify for Social Security disability benefits, try our step-by-step guide below. If you still have questions about your eligibility for Social Security benefits in South Carolina, please reach contact us at 888-490-2847.
1. Are you working?
If you are working in 2010 and your earnings average more than $1,180 a month, you generally cannot be considered disabled. However, if you’re not working, you may qualify for social security disability benefits.
2. Is your condition “severe”?
Your condition must interfere with basic work-related activities such as sitting, standing, walking, concentrating, or maintaining persistence and pace for your claim to be considered. If your condition does not interfere with the above work-related activities, Social Security will find that you are not disabled. If your condition does interfere with basic work-related activities, you should consider applying for social security disability.
3. Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions?
For each of the major body systems, Social Security maintains a list of medical conditions that are so severe, being diagnosed with one automatically qualifies you for disability. If your condition is not on the list, Social Security will have to decide if it is of equal severity to a medical condition that is on the list. If it is, you will be found disabled.
4. Can you do the work you did previously?
If your condition is severe, but not at the same or equal level of severity as a medical condition on the list, then Social Security must determine if it interferes with your ability to continue working. If it does not, your claim will be denied. If it does, proceed to Step 5.
5. Can you do any other type of work?
If you cannot do the work you did in the past, Social Security must determine whether you are able to adjust to other work. Social Security considers your medical condition(s) and your age, education, past work experience, and any transferable skills you may have. If you cannot adjust to other work, your claim will be approved. If you can adjust to other work, your claim will be denied.
How Strom Law Disability Attorneys Can Help
Because 80 to 90 percent of SSDI claims are rejected, we start working with clients as soon as we can.
Our Disability Lawyers Can Help You:
- Apply for Disability Benefits
- File for Reconsideration
- Request a Hearing
- Appeal Hearing Decision
- File Suit in Federal Court
If you qualify for disability based on the SSA’s qualifying requirements listed above, a Strom Law disability lawyer may be able to assist you in preparing and submitting your application, depending on the facts of your case. As your lawyers, we manage the entire process from start to finish, so you can focus on your health and family. Still not sure if your medical impairment qualifies for disability benefits under the Social Security Administration? Contact The Strom Law Firm, LLC with your questions by calling 888-490-2847 or request a no-fee case evaluation by completing the form at the top right.