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How is SSDI eligibility determined?

Previously we discussed various mental disabilities that may be eligible for SSDI benefits; however, you may be wondering how the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines if an applicant is disabled and therefore eligible for benefits. There are five steps the SSA will go through.

1. Work: The SSA will want to know if you have worked in the year you have applied. If your income during the year averaged out to more than $1,130 per month you are typically not considered disabled and therefore not eligible for benefits.

If you are unable to work, the SSA will send your application on through the next steps to the Disability Determination Services division.

2. Severity: The SSA may consider you disabled and will move you further down the determination process if your condition interferes with your basic work activities.

3. Medical list: The SSA keeps a list of conditions that they consider severe and automatically qualify you as disabled. If your current condition is on the list they will determine if it is equal in severity. If it is equal in severity you will be found disabled. Otherwise, you move further along in the process.

4. Employability: If your condition interferes with your ability to work in your previous position but is not as severe as the condition on the SSA's medical list, you will proceed to the final step. If your condition does not interfere, you will be denied.

5. Other work: When making this final determination, the SSA reviews your medical condition, age, level of education, previous work history and any skills you may have that would be transferable to another position. If you can't perform your previous work but would be able to adjust to another job, your claim will be denied. If you can't make a work adjustment, your claim will be approved.

Even if you are denied, it's always a good idea to have an attorney experienced with Social Security disability review your paperwork to see if anything may have been overlooked. In some cases, you may be able to appeal their initial decision.

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