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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.

Couple in West Texas Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits

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.


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.



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).
West Texas Man Needs Social Security Disability Benefits

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.

Disabled West Texas Man

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.

Texas Couple Concerned Over their Odds of Winning Social Security Disability Benefits

Can I Get Social Security Disability with the Medical Condition I Have?

Many health problems can qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits.

With some illnesses, it’s easier to prove to Social Security that you can’t work and should get financial relief. Other ailments are more complicated to show.

Each one of these impairments, for example, is different in the type of information you gather for Social Security:

But if you get a disability attorney who knows what to do, it’s possible to win benefits with any medical condition that stops you from working.

And those benefits, like monthly disability checks, can really make a difference for you.

So let’s go after the financial support you deserve—support that can return a sense of stability and peace to your life.

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