How Do I Qualify For SSDI?

Nearly all of us fund Social Security Disability Insurance through income and payroll deductions. Some people think they'll never need SSDI benefits, but disability is a higher risk than most of us realize. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), more than 25 percent of 20-year-old Americans today will become disabled before they reach age 67. That's one in every four workers.

Unfortunately, not everyone who needs benefits will receive them. The SSA specifies that strict criteria must be met in order to qualify for SSDI benefits. They include:

  1. Proof of an eligible disability or medical condition. You must suffer from a recognized, diagnosed disability or medical condition that prevents you from continuing to do the work you did before. You can read more about qualifying disabilities on the linked page.
  2. Sufficient duration of disability or illness. There are no short-term benefits provided by the SSA. In order to qualify, your disability/illness must last (or be expected to last) at least one year or to result in death.
  3. Inability to do other paid work. Disability may prevent you from continuing to work in your current job. But the SSA will also need to determine that your disability prevents you from doing substantial work in other types of jobs as well.
  4. Proof of a qualifying work history. In order to be eligible for benefits, the SSA must confirm that you have worked long enough and recently enough in jobs covered by Social Security. Learn more on our page about understanding SSDI work credits.

How Our Firm Can Help

Applying for SSDI benefits may seem like just a lot of paperwork. So why do you need help from a lawyer? It is a good idea to seek help because the SSDI program can be so bureaucratic, confusing and frustrating.

It is not simply a matter of filling out forms. It is often necessary to coordinate with your health care provider to seek copies of medical records. In some cases, additional medical testing and diagnoses must be completed and entered into your medical records to satisfy the requirements of the Social Security Administration. Then, all forms must be filled out in full and submitted without mistakes or omissions to ensure that there is no unnecessary delay in processing the claim.

Our firm has the skills, resources and experience to guide you through what can often be a vexing process. We are advocates for disabled workers in California, and we are ready to help you, too.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation About Your SSDI Claim

With an office in Stockton, the Law Office of Ronald M. Stein, Attorney at Law, serves clients throughout the Central Valley, including Sacramento Valley and the Foothills. To discuss your case, you can contact us via email or by calling 209-751-4370.