How does the SSA define disability?

| Mar 9, 2021 | Blog, Social Security Disability

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance in New Jersey, you’ll have to prove that you’re so severely disabled that you can’t work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will take multiple factors into consideration to determine whether you qualify or not. If you do, you’ll start collecting benefits after the SSA approves your application.

How does the SSA evaluate your claim?

When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), the SSA will start by asking you if you’re able to work. If you’re still working and earning at least $1,310 a month, you probably won’t qualify for benefits. Otherwise, the SSA will need information about your medical condition to determine the severity of your disability. A disability attorneycould help you provide the required information.

To receive SSA, your disability or illness must be so severe that it will affect your ability to work for at least a year. You might qualify if they have your condition on the “disabling conditions” list, but it’s not a requirement. After that, the SSA will determine whether your condition prevents you from working at your current job. If it does, they’ll see if you could get another job in a different industry. If you can’t work anywhere without unreasonable accommodations, the SSA may accept your application.

How do you know if you qualify for SSDI?

Applying for SSDI is the best way to know if you qualify. However, you could have a qualifying condition and still get rejected because you made an application error. An attorney could tell you if you’re likely to qualify for SSDI, and if so, what you need to do to start collecting benefits. They could also help you file an appeal or attending a hearing if the SSA repeatedly denies your claim.