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Who is eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?

It is frustrating when a medical condition prevents you from holding gainful employment in Pennsylvania. Your inability to work has a direct impact on your ability to support your family and pay for your most basic needs. If you are facing this difficult situation, you may find that you are eligible for certain benefits through the Social Security Administration.

The intent of Social Security disability benefits is to provide financial support and benefits to individuals who are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition, physical or mental. Simply having a serious medical condition is not enough to meet qualification requirements; if you believe that you could have a rightful claim to this type of financial support, you would be wise to learn more about eligibility requirements

What do I have to do to qualify?

Qualification requirements for these types of benefits are complex and can be difficult to understand. Even if you believe that you qualify, you may find that it is actually quite complicated to obtain the benefits you deserve. It can be helpful for you to understand the following about SSD benefits:

  • You must have a medical condition that is on the SSA's list of qualifying impairments in order to qualify for benefits. However, if your condition is not on the list, you may still be able to get benefits.
  • These benefits are for individuals who have a medical condition expected to last for a period of at least 12 months or ultimately result in that person's death.
  • In order to claim benefits, you must be able to provide documentation that proves you are unable to meet the requirements of your job due to your mental or physical condition.

It is prudent to fully understand the challenges that lie ahead when seeking benefits through Social Security. Not only is it helpful to understand the eligibility requirements associated with this step, it is also useful to have support and guidance from the initial steps of the application process.

Your options when you cannot work

When you find yourself in a position where you cannot work, you are not out of legal options. Not only do you have the right to seek benefits through the Social Security Administration, you have the right to seek support as you do so. If you think you might be eligible or don't want to walk through this process alone, you may find it useful to start with a complete evaluation of your case.

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