8 Qualifications for Social Security Disability Benefits
8 Qualifications for Social
Are you eligible?
1. Your condition is severe.
A severe condition is one that interferes with basic,
work-related activities. If your condition does not keep
you from doing basic tasks, the Social Security
Administration will not consider it a disability.
2. Your condition is on the list of
If your disability is found on the Social Security
Administration’s list of medical conditions, you will
automatically be considered disabled. Here are a few
examples of the conditions on their list:
Injuries from burns
Musculoskeletal system disorders
Major joint dysfunctions
3. You make fewer than $1,070 a
If you are still working and make fewer than $1,070 a
month because of your disability, you may qualify for
disability benefits. Monthly income rates can change
based on the year. For 2014, it’s $1,070.
4. You can’t continue the same
If your condition is severe but it’s not on the list of
medical conditions, the SSA must determine if it
interferes with your ability to do the work you’ve been
doing at your job. If it does, they’ll proceed to the next
step (found on the next slide).
5. You can’t do other type of
If you can’t continue working at your current job, but
you can do other tasks at a different job, your claim will
be denied. However, if you can’t adjust to other work,
your claim will be approved.
6. Your disability will last a year.
If your disability will last for one year or more, or if it
will result in death, your claim will be approved.
7. You’ve worked long enough
under Social Security.
You must have worked long
enough (and recently enough)
under Social Security. For 2014,
you get one credit for every
$1,200 of income you receive.
The amount of work credits you
need to qualify for disability
benefits depends on your age
when you become disabled.
Most people need 40 credits,
with 20 of them being earned in
the last 10 years.
8. You are in a special situation.
The following situations may qualify you for Social
Security disability benefits:
Blind or low vision
Loss of spouse who worked
Get Help if You’ve Been Denied
If the Social Security Administration has denied what
you feel is a valid claim for receiving Social Security
disability benefits, call Craig Swapp & Associates today.
We can provide you with a Social Security disability
attorney that is ready and willing help you get the
benefits you deserve.
To get in touch with a Social Security disability attorney
today, contact us by calling 800-404-9000 or by visiting