Learn how Social Security determines whether you are eligible for disability benefits and see when your age and work history may and may not make a difference in the evaluation of your claim. Learn how mental illness, fibromyalgia, and low vision claims are decided.
Important Information for You to Submit for Your Claim
You are more likely to be successful with your Social Security claim if you know how the Social Security Administration evaluates for disability. With that knowledge, you will recognize the information you need to provide to support your claim.
If you have a very severe illness or injury listed in the Social Security’s Listings and you submit records to document your diagnosis and the severity of your condition, you may be approved at Step Four of the disability evaluation process. If you don’t meet the Listings, you have another opportunity to be approved for benefits. At that point, Step Five in the evaluation, information about your work history and education become very important.
Increase your chances of filing a successful claim. Click below to get a better understanding of what Social Security looks for when deciding whether or not you are disabled according to Social Security law.
- Social Security’s Five-Step Disability Assessment
See how you can be approved for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income Disability at two of the five steps in the disability evaluation process.
- Qualifying for Social Security or SSI Disability Based on the Listings
Some illnesses and injuries with high levels of severity can qualify you for benefits regardless of what your work history and education have been. Check out this article to see if your diagnosis and level of severity are in Social Security’s Listings.
- When Age Affects Qualifying for Social Security or SSI Disability Benefits
If you are an older worker, see at what point in the claim evaluation process your being older can be an advantage in getting approved for disability benefits
Here is Social Security’s definition of disability: You are entitled to receive Social Security disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits when you are no longer able to perform a “substantial” amount of work as the result of a physical or mental impairment that is expected to last at least 12 months, or possibly result in death.
Important Note About Applying or Re-Applying For Disability Benefits:
Utilizing a Social Security Disability attorney or advocate may improve your chances of initial approval, get your approval processed more quickly and in many cases increase the amount of benefits you are awarded. There are no upfront expenses to you for the evaluation, filing or appeal process. To get immediate assistance from one of our attorneys or advocates, please fill out the FREE Evaluation Form Here. The website is not affiliated with the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) or any state or federal agency.