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Meeting the Social Security Administration’s
Disability Requirements

You know you can’t work, but 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 deserves 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 Lubbock, Plainview, Levelland or anywhere in West Texas, contact us to discuss your disability case.

Am I Eligible
for Social Security?

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

SSDI

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you if you meet three criteria:

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

 

SSI

Supplement Security Income (SSI) pays benefits to you if you meet certain criteria:

  1. You are disabled, and
  2. You meet the financial qualifications (you don’t have too much income or too many assets).

How Does Social Security
Define “Disabled”?

Under Social Security’s rules, you’re only considered disabled if a physical or mental condition is expected to keep you from work for 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 that you keep regular medical appointments and get enough medical evidence to prove your case to Social Security. 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.

For the most part, Social Security
considers you disabled if:

  • You can no longer do work you’ve done before;
  • It’s determined you can’t adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); 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.