Social Security Disability
Elder Law, P.A. may assist qualified individuals in the application process for Social Security Disability benefits. This process is complex and often takes several months, or we may represent you and help you apply for the benefits you need.
A person is Disabled, according to the Social Security Administration guidelines, when their illnesses, injuries or conditions prevent them from doing past work or adjusting to other work.
Information about the Applicant’s education and training are also very important. If one cannot do past work, age, education, training, and work experience is reviewed to see if other kinds of work may be done by the Applicant.
Social Security Uses A Five Step Process
To Determine Eligibility:
Is The Applicant Working:
If the Applicant is working and earnings average more than $1,000.00 per month, Applicant generally cannot be considered Disabled.
Is The Applicant’s Condition “Severe”?
The Applicant’s condition must interfere with basic work-related activities for the claim to be considered.
Is The Applicant’s Condition Found in the List of Disabling Conditions?
For each of the major body systems, there is a list of medical conditions that are so severe, they automatically classify an Applicant Disabled. If the condition is not on the list, Social Security must decide if it is as severe as a medical condition that is on the list. If it is, it will be found that the Applicant is Disabled.
Is The Applicant Able To Perform Previous Work?
If the condition is severe, but not as severe as a medical condition on the list, then Social Security must determine if the condition interferes with the Applicant’s ability to do their previous work.
Can The Applicant Do Any Other Type of Work?
If the Applicant cannot do the work they did in the past, Social Security must determine if the Applicant is able to adjust to other work. The Social Security Administration will consider the medical conditions, age, education, past work experience and any transferable skills. If the Applicant cannot adjust to other work, the claim may be approved.
Elder Law, P.A. may assist in preparing and submitting Social Security Disability claims quickly and efficiently in order to assist clients in navigating a difficult and complex government system.