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3 Questions to Ask Yourself before Applying for Social Security Disability

Published on April 6th, 2016

Being unable to work because of a physical or mental impairment can be stressful. However, there are certain criteria that have to be met before you can file for Social Security Disability benefits. Here are just a few of the most important criteria that you will need to meet in order to file for Social Security disability benefits.

Do You Have Enough Work Credits to Claim SSDI?
When it comes to a disability claim, two different programs are available. The first is SSDI. This type is for disabled people that have worked for a significant amount of time. An individual usually earns for credits for every year worked. The number of credits required to file SSDI varies depending upon your age at the time of filing and your previous work history.

If it is determined that you do not have enough work credits to qualify for SSDI, you will need to apply for SSI benefits. Supplemental Security Income does not require any work history and it is a needs based program. In this case, your assets as well as the total assets and income are considered when determining eligibility.

Do You Have Medical Evidence of Impairment?
In order to qualify for SSDI, you have to provide medical proof that you are indeed disabled and unable to work. This evidence can be presented in the form of medical records, a current record of medical treatment, as well as showing that this impairment prevents you from working. If you don’t have any medical evidence to prove that you are impaired, your claim can be denied. It is important to note that for many SSDI claims, you will be required to have a visit with a doctor that the Social Security Administration will send you to see. This is commonly referred to as a consultative exam.

Have You Followed the Treatment Recommended by Your Doctor?
Going to the doctor just once or twice is not sufficient in the eyes of the Social Security Administration. If you are disabled, they expect that you be treated for the condition and that you are following the recommended treatment.
Being unable to work can be frustrating because your financial needs are not being met. The disability attorneys with the Law Office of Daniel Berger understand your dilemma and are committed to getting you the benefits that you deserve. Call today to set up your free consultation with our trained staff (800) 588-5780.

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