Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability?
When an individual suffers a serious injury and is no longer able to work, they often wonder what their options may be. This is when programs such as Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income need to be explored. Not everyone understands these programs, however, and they may not be sure if they qualify. At Peterson & Associates, P.C.™, our Kansas City Social Security Disability attorneys work hard to help potential clients understand if they qualify and what they need to do if they are able to seek benefits.
How to Know if You Qualify
Unfortunately, there are certain occupations that may not qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits. This could include certain federal positions and children under the age of 21 who work for their parents. The five questions the Social Security Administration asks regarding eligibility include the following:
- Is the injured individual still working?
- Is the impairment serious?
- Is the disability on the SSD list?
- Is the disability severe enough to alter the injured person’s ability to work?
- Is the individual able to perform other duties?
Filing a Claim
If you feel as though you have a claim for Social Security Benefits, you must take a number of steps before continuing. First, determine if your disability falls under the list provided by the Social Security Administration. This includes hundreds of injuries, disorders, disabilities, and conditions. This can give you a good idea of whether or not you can begin filing a claim. You also must determine which program is right for your situation.
Our team is here to help you to the best of our abilities. We are dedicated to guiding you through the Social Security Disability process from filing a claim to appealing a denial of benefits. If you need Social Security Disability benefits, call our firm and learn more about your options.