Who Is Eligible for SSD Benefits?

Social Security Disability Attorneys in Milwaukee, WI

The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers you disabled if you have a severe physical or mental condition that prevents you from working and that is expected to last for at least 12 continuous months or to result in death. If you become severely disabled before age 65, you may be eligible to apply for Social Security Disability benefits.

Interested in finding out if you may qualify? A Milwaukee Social Security Disability attorney at The Previant Law Firm, S.C. can review your medical condition and your ability to work. We can accurately assess whether you may be entitled to benefits. Or, if you already applied and had your application denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA), we can help you file an appeal.

For qualified help with your Social Security Disability claim, call (414) 240-1185.

Eligibility Requirements for Social Security Disability Benefits

To apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you must meet two key eligibility requirements:

  • The first is a medical test. You must present medical evidence to show (1) that “medically determinable” physical or mental impairments actually exist, and (2) that these impairments can be expected to last at least 12 continuous months or to result in death. The medical evidence is critical to any claim and includes physicians’ reports, laboratory and radiological findings, diagnoses, treatment records, etc.
  • The second is an employability test. The physical or mental impairments must be severe enough that they not only prevent you from performing your previous work, but also prevent you from doing any form of employment that exists in the national economy.

Proving Eligibility

If your disability is not severe enough to meet or equal a so-called “listed impairment” or its equivalent (medical conditions listed by the SSA that automatically meet the medical test), the SSA will consider vocational factors such as your age, education, and work experience. The SSA considers only whether you could perform the work and does not consider that because of appearance or discrimination you could not be hired.

You must present evidence of how any impairments affect your functional ability to walk, stand, sit, lift, and speak. Evidence of mental impairment must show how it affects your ability to think clearly and how this mental impairment affects your ability to work. Although you may handle a Social Security Disability appeal yourself, these cases are often complicated. You may want to involve a skilled Milwaukee Social Security Disability lawyer to handle your claim and to deal with the bureaucracy.

To get started, call (414) 240-1185. We have a 100-year history of representing clients in Wisconsin and are ready to put our experience to work for you. Hablamos Español.

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