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Meeting the Social Security Administration’s
Disability Requirements

You know you can’t work.

But just because it’s obvious to you, that alone doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get Social Security Disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a big government agency that uses a complicated system of rules and requirements to determine who gets benefits. You can only obtain benefits if you meet their strict definition of having a “disability.”

Let Baynetta M. Jordan, P.C., Attorney at Law, help you determine if you do.

If you live in Midland-Odessa or anywhere in the Permian Basin, contact us to discuss your disability case.

Couple in West Texas Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits

Am I Eligible
for Social Security?

The two types of Social Security benefits for people with disabilities have different qualifications depending on your work history. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is for people with recent substantial work. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits focus on your income and not your work.


The SSDI program pays benefits if you meet three criteria:

  1. You have a disability,
  2. On the date you became disabled, you worked at least five of the last 10 years, and
  3. You earned enough work credits by paying Social Security taxes.


SSI pays benefits if you meet certain criteria:

  1. You are disabled, and
  2. You meet the financial qualifications, meaning you don’t have too much income or too many assets.
West Texas Man Needs Social Security Disability Benefits

How Does Social Security
Define a “Disability”?

Under Social Security’s rules, you’re only considered to have a disability if a physical or mental condition is expected to keep you from work for at least 12 months (or result in death).

Your disability can be physical, mental or a combination of conditions. A major factor is the severity of your health problems and how much they hinder your ability to work.

If you can’t work, it’s important to keep regular medical appointments and gather medical evidence. Your medical records will be a key part of winning your case for benefits.

At Baynetta M. Jordan, P.C., Attorney at Law, we’ll evaluate your case for free. Hablamos Español

Disabled West Texas Man

Social Security
considers you disabled if:

  • You can no longer do your past work because of your health problems;
  • You can’t adjust to other work; and
  • Your disability has lasted or will last 12 months (or result in death).

Contact the legal team at Baynetta M. Jordan, P.C., Attorney at Law, for help with your Social Security Disability case.

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