THE PROCESS OF QUALIFYING FOR SSD CAN BE COMPLICATED
If you need assistance with an SSD claim, a Greensboro Social Security disability attorney at Bridgman Law Offices can help. Call today at (704) 815-6055.
If you have done research on how to qualify for either of the Social
Security Administration’s disability programs, you know how complicated it can be to qualify. Even the generally accepted understanding of “disabled” differs from how the SSA defines it. A Greensboro Social Security disability attorney can take the guesswork out of the application and/or appeals process and may increase your chances of success. The following are a few exceptions to the basic method the SSA uses to determine eligibility.
WHEN YOU CAN BE DISABLED BY THE SSA’S DEFINITION, BUT NOT QUALIFY
Strange as it may seem, even if your impairment correlates with the SSA’s requirements for being deemed “disabled,” you still might not qualify for SSD. Greensboro Social Security Disability Attorneys have been to law school and taken difficult courses to understand the many intricacies of the SSA, but on your own you might apply, happy in the thought that it is just a matter of time before that first check will arrive, only to be disappointed with a denial letter. Regardless of whether you qualify under the five-step sequential process, you will be found ineligible:
- If your impairment is due in a material way to abuse of drugs or alcohol.
- If you fail to abide by the treatment prescribed by your doctor to heal from your disabling injuries.
WHEN YOU CAN FAIL THE EVALUATION PROCESS, BUT QUALIFY ANYWAY
Just as you may pass the basic qualifying index used by the SSA and still be denied, you can be found to not be disabled by the five-step sequential evaluation process yet still qualify for SSD benefits. Your Greensboro Social Security disability attorney may be able to give you other scenarios where you can qualify in this way, but here are three examples:
1. You are age 55 or older, have no more than an 11th grade education, have no past relevant work experience and possess a severe impairment that is medically determinable.
2. You are age 60 or older, have very limited education, have been in an unskilled or semi-skilled line of work for over 30 years, have no transferable skills and cannot perform the duties of this work due to a severe impairment.
3. Your formal education ended at grade six or before, you worked at a physically demanding unskilled job for 35 years, and you can no longer do this work.
HOW TO APPLY IF YOUR CLAIM IS DENIED
It is very common for the Social Security Administration to deny SSD applications initially, and, for this reason, if you are denied, you shouldn’t be overly concerned. There are actually three ways in which you can begin the appeals process. The most important things to remember are to be persistent and adhere to all deadlines. If you have further questions please contact a Greensboro Social Security Disability Attorney.