Social Security Disability Requirements

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Social Security Disability Insurance, also known as just Social Security Disability or simply SSDI, is one of the most well-known federal benefits programs and unfortunately, it is also one of the most misunderstood! That’s because Social Security Disability comes from a complex matrix of federal regulations which are interpreted and applied through administrative hearings or court decisions. This makes it very difficult – if not impossible! – for individuals who are truly disabled and unable to work, to navigate the application process successfully without legal representation.

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability, individuals must meet certain requirements.

First, individuals must have a sufficient “work history.” The work history must be documented and is based on a credits system, whereby individuals earn credits based on their annual wages each year. It all gets a bit complicated, and so it is best to seek an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to help you sort through your documentation and determine your work credits for your case.

Second, individuals also must have a qualifying disability. In short, a person needs to prove:

  1. That they are unable to work at the substantial gainful activity level due to their disability
  2. That they cannot work or adjust to other work because of their disability, and
  3. The disability has lasted or is expected to last at least for one year or result in death.

While these requirements might sound simple, they need to be documented and presented to the court in the proper way, which certainly complicates things. Also, those seeking Social Security Disability are suffering from poor health, and often find the dictates of the system to be cumbersome and confusing In all honesty, these requirements can be confusing! To learn more about how our experienced personal injury attorneys at Daggett Shuler can help you, contact us today by dialing 336-724-1234 for a FREE consultation. Or reach out to us through our website at