The United States Social Security Administration authorizes disability benefits to many individuals throughout the US. Individuals who are disabled, and unable to work, receive government assistance to help them survive. These are called Social Security Disability Benefits (SSD). For some people, this is their main source of income and it is essential that they continue to receive their benefits each and every month. However, it is not an easy process to get approved for SSD benefits. There is a lengthy process that could take upwards of an entire year to be finished. Contacting an attorney at the outset of attempting to obtain SSD benefits will give you the best chance of receiving benefits.
Eligibility for Social Security Benefits in South Carolina
Only those who are eligible for benefits can receive SSD every month. In determining eligibility, there are various considerations:
- Work Status: Social Security looks for “substantial gainful activity” to determine eligibility. Those who are employed and are earning more than $1,000, it is likely you will not be considered disabled. Income of over $1000 can be considered substantial gainful activity.
Severity of Your Condition: To be considered disabled and eligible for SSD, your disability must interfere with your ability to work. There needs to be medical evidence of your disability. Additionally, there is a duration requirement. The injury must have lasted, or be expected to last, for 12 continuous months.
- Ability to Do Work: Social Security has a list of disabilities for bodies. If you have a condition that is not on the list, hope is not lost. In order for your condition to be accepted if must have “equal severity” to another condition that is already on the list. Additionally, Social Security will determine the level your impairment affects your ability to do previous work. This is only for instances in which a condition is found to be severe, but not necessarily as severe as a condition on the previously mentioned list.
- Other Type of Work: Finally, Social Security will look to whether there is other work that you could be doing. Your work experience, education, age, and skills will all be weighed to determine whether you can do other work.
In order to answer the above considerations, Social Security will examine your medical records. This includes reports from doctors, hospitals, and even clinics that you have visited or have treated you. It is your responsibility to get the required medical records and information to Social Security so that they can make a determination. You do not want to give Social Security any reason to deny your request, so be sure to give accurate and complete medical records.
If you want to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, Double Aught Injury Lawyers can help you. Contact us today for a FREE case review to find out if you are eligible for benefits and how we can help you receive those benefits.
Bryan Ramey is a Personal Injury Attorney who practices in the upstate of South Carolina. He graduated from The University of South Carolina School of Law, and has been practicing law for 27 years now. Bryan Ramey believes in representing the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.