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Do You Qualify for SSD Benefits?

One of the most common questions we get from clients regarding their Social Security Disability (SSD) claims is, “Do I qualify for benefits?” There’s not always a simple answer to that question. What we can tell you is what information the Social Security Administration (SSA) is looking for when evaluating your application.

The SSA follows a strict, multi-step process when considering applications for disability benefits. As North Carolina Social Security Disability lawyers, it’s our job to help you collect the thorough documentation you need to answer the SSA’s questions and get the benefits you’re owed.

Five-Step Evaluation Process

To determine if you qualify for SSD benefits, the SSA will consider five questions about your work history and medical condition.

These questions ask:

1. Are you working?
The SSA has strict income limits for eligible applicants. If you exceed those limits, you will be denied.

2. Is your condition severe?
Your impairment must be so severe that it interferes with your ability to perform basic work-related activities.

3. Is your condition found on the list of disabling conditions?
There are a number of conditions the SSA considers disabling. If your condition is not listed, but is as severe as a listed condition, you may be eligible.

4. Can you do the work you did previously?
Even if you can’t perform at your current job, if the SSA determines that you can do work you have done before, you can be denied.

5. Can you do any other type of work?
Vocational rehabilitation and job placement services are available through the SSA, which can help you find other work if the SSA considers your skills and education capable, despite your impairment.

At Crumley Roberts, we have a dedicated and experienced team of Social Security Disability attorneys and staff ready to help you with your claim. Call us today at  or complete a free initial consultation form and find out how we can help you.

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