Misunderstandings and misconceptions about Social Security Disability (SSD or SSDI) claims are very common. This page attempts to answer some basic questions that many clients of McGowan & Cecil, LLC bring to our attention. These questions and answers are not intended to be exhaustive or thoroughly detailed. For answers to your own questions regarding SSDI benefits, call or email our law firm.
How long must a person be disabled to quality for SSDI?A: Twelve months or more. However, you do not have to wait until the end of those 12 months to apply. As soon as you and your doctors believe that your disability will last 12 months or more, you should apply. For example, after a spinal cord injury, you can apply for SSDI anytime.
What qualifies as a disability?A: A disability for purposes of eligibility for SSDI can be the result of an injury or it can be a medical condition that develops on its own, without any accidental cause. The essential qualifier is the inability to work at your job or at any suitable job. An experienced SSDI lawyer can help you demonstrate that you are disabled.
Can disability for SSDI purposes consist of more than one medical condition?A: Definitely yes. Multiple disabling conditions often render a person unable to work full-time. In these cases, no single medical condition makes the person disabled, but the sum total of them all explains why the person can no longer work as before.
What other qualifications much I meet besides having a disabling medical condition?
A: Most people must have worked for a number of years in order to qualify for Social Security Disability insurance benefits. Talk to a lawyer at our law firm to discuss your work history, your disability and how to prove that you are unable to work as you once did.
You may be eligible for SSDI benefits if you have been or expect to be disabled for 12 months or more. Your disability may be the result of an injury or it may be an illness or medical condition that has developed since you began your career.