The 3 questions that get asked over and over again all seem to be about qualifying, applying and getting approved for social security disability.

So let’s answer those questions one at a time, shall we.

How do I know if I qualify for Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability is designed to help people who are unable to work due to an injury or a disease. It is not designed to help people who have short-term recovery. For example, a person who was injured due to an automobile accident and will be out of work six to eight months would not qualify for disability but an accident victim who will be unable to work again at their former profession and cannot be retrained would be entitled to disability. The Social Security Administration is looking for people who truly cannot work for at least 12 consecutive months.

I have applied for benefits and Social Security wants to send me to a doctor. Should I go?

Yes. If Disability Determination Services asks you to see a physician at a scheduled time, you must go or they will make a decision on your claim based on the information they have. This will usually end up in denial.

My doctor says I’m disabled. So why haven’t I been approved?

According to Social Security, you have to meet their standards of disability. These standards for determining disability are much stricter than your doctor’s standards. 

In order to be declared disabled by Social Security, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You are not involved in any substantial gainful activity (In other words, you are not doing a job that earns you more than $1,220 per month in 2019)
  2. You have a severe mental or physical impairment that has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months
  3. You are unable to perform any past work
  4. You are unable to perform or to be trained to perform any other less demanding work

Your medical records, along with your doctors determination will help in the approval process, however the Social Security Administration will make their own assessment. This is why it’s always important to have a great Social Security law firm by your side. At the Hartwig Law Firm, we have helped thousands of people navigate the process to obtain the benefits they deserve. 

We are here to help you, regardless of where you are in the disability process, from initial application through the hearing stage and beyond. Call today and talk to one of our friendly staff members to get started, the number is (508) 732-8989.