Understanding SSD "Qualifying Disability" criteria

Working with an experienced disability lawyer can increase your chances of being awarded Social Security Disability benefits.

Jan 23, 2024

The qualification criteria for Social Security Disability benefits depend on the individual's ability to work due to a disabling condition. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a specific definition of disability, which includes the following key points:

  • Unable to Work: The individual must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to their medical condition. SGA refers to a level of work activity and earnings.

  • Medical Condition: The medical condition must be severe and expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death.

The SSA does not have a specific list of qualifying disabilities. Instead, they evaluate the impact of the medical condition on the individual's ability to work. However, some common medical conditions that often qualify for Social Security Disability benefits include:

  • Severe impairments affecting major body systems (musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, etc.).
  • Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia.
  • Neurological disorders like epilepsy or multiple sclerosis.
  • Certain immune system disorders and cancers.

It's important to note that the SSA considers both physical and mental conditions when determining eligibility for disability benefits. Additionally, the disability must meet specific criteria outlined in the SSA's Listing of Impairments or prevent the individual from performing their past work or adjusting to other work.

Individuals applying for Social Security Disability benefits typically need to provide detailed medical evidence supporting their claim, including medical records, test results, and information from treating physicians. The SSA reviews the evidence to make a determination on eligibility. Our office helps clients gather all available evidence to give our clients the best chance of achieving a successful outcome.

For specific details about your situation or someone you know, it's advisable to contact an experienced disability attorney for personalized guidance. Contact us today to find out whether our firm can assist with your disability case.

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