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SSA Disability Eligibility Checklist

Author: The Berkley Law Firm

Published: 2011-06-28

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Determining if you are eligible for Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits can be achieved using this checklist.

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A Five-Step Checkpoint Toward SSA Disability Eligibility.

After a person applies to the Social Security Administration (SSA) for disability benefits, if the application meets the primary criteria, it is then passed to a state agency for final determination. If granted, payments typically begin after a full five-month waiting period. On criteria is that the impairment or disability must be a condition that will last beyond a 12-month continuous time period. Another point of consideration is that the applicant must not be able to perform any type of gainful employment.

Determining if a person is eligible for Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits can be achieved using this five-point checklist:

Do you presently work at a job

People employed earning a certain level of income per month will more than likely be determined to not be disabled. Any person who is unable to work or does not reach the income threshold will have their case reviewed.

Do you have a serious medical condition

A person's medical condition can be determined serious if existing for more than 12 months and prohibits physical activity that is needed to perform the necessary and typical work functions.

Is your medical condition on the SSA scheduled list

There are SSA determined medical conditions that automatically qualify an individual for disability benefits. The SSA publishes a list of these conditions. If your specific condition is not on the list, the agency must make a determination based on investigative review.

Are you capable for performing similar types of job activities performed in the past

If your present medical condition does not prevent you from performing those employment duties you executed in the past, then you may be denied SSA disability benefits. A fact-finding process will be used to check your duty-performing capabilities as part of the process.

Can you perform any type of work

In the event that you cannot perform the functions of your previous held employment, the SSA will check to see if you are capable for performing any kind of work. The agency will take into consideration you age, health, education, prior experience and your possession of any other applicable job skills when making a determination.

The claims process can be complex and mistakes in the application can only result in delays. If you are applying for benefits or have had your application denied, contact an experienced Social Security disability lawyer for help.

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