Does My Disability Qualify For Social Security Benefits?

When attempting to determine whether or not you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), it is important to establish the type of injury, illness or condition that has left you unable to work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) sets forth specific guidelines for qualifying disabilities, and an experienced Social Security benefits attorney can help you understand your rights.

At the Law Office of Maggie R. Schott, PLLC, in Spokane, Washington, we have experience handling SSDI and SSI for clients suffering from a wide range of disabilities. We tailor the representation we provide to suit their specific case. Contact us today at 509-209-9668 to learn more about our representation in disability benefits cases.

The SSA's Strict Definition Of Disability

The U.S. government and the SSA define disability based on a person's inability to work. Under Social Security rules, a person is considered disabled when he or she cannot do the work done before, cannot adjust to other work because of medical condition(s), and the disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death. This definition is strictly enforced, as the SSA assumes that working families have other access to supportive resources in times of need, such as workers' compensation or insurance.

Social Security disability benefits generally involve total disability, but there are instances where claimants can receive disability benefits for a closed period of time that lasts at least 12 months. Contact us  to discuss this possibility if you think you are eligible for a closed period of time.

Conditions, Injuries And Illnesses Considered Disabilities By The Government

There are a number of physical ailments and mental conditions that are considered to be disabilities for the purposes of SSDI and SSI, such as:

  • Chronic pain
  • Cancer
  • Heart failure
  • Arthritis
  • Kidney failure
  • Lupus
  • Diabetes
  • Seizure disorders or epilepsy
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder or schizophrenia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Autism
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

This is not a comprehensive list of physical disabilities or mental disabilities, simply a number of examples. To learn more about your specific case, it is best to consult with an attorney at our firm. Each case is handled on an individual basis, as each client is unique and has specific needs that we strive to meet whenever possible.

Do Not Guess Your Way Through SSA Applications — Talk To Us Today

At our firm, we believe the client comes first. Contact a lawyer at our firm today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your unique case: 509-209-9668.