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Who Qualifies for Disability Benefits?

An Injured Man on a wheelchair with his friends

The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines disability as the “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) because of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.” To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must first have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. Then it would help if you had a medical condition that meets SSA’s definition of disability.

What is a disability?

To receive workers’ compensation, an individual must have a disability covered under the workers’ compensation program. A disability is an injury or illness that prevents an individual from performing their job. Workers’ compensation benefits can cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with the disability.

There are a variety of disabilities that are covered under workers’ compensation, including physical disabilities, mental disabilities, and work-related injuries. Workers’ compensation is designed to help individuals unable to work due to disability. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you have a disability that prevents you from working.

How do I know if I am eligible for disability benefits?

Two main programs provide disability benefits in the United States: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

To be eligible for SSDI, you must have worked enough years to earn Social Security credits, and your disability must be severe enough to prevent you from working. If you are eligible for SSDI, you may also be eligible for Medicare.

To be eligible for SSI, you must have a low income and few assets. Your disability does not need to prevent you from working to qualify for SSI. If you are eligible for SSI, you may also be eligible for Medicaid.

Contact the Social Security Administration to learn more if you think you may be eligible for disability benefits.

What kind of documentation will I need?

There are a few different types of documentation that you may need to apply for disorder benefits. The first type of documentation is medical evidence. This includes medical reports, diagnostic test results, and treatment records. The second type of documentation is proof of earnings. This can include tax records, pay stubs, and bank statements. The third type of documentation is proof of identity. This can include a driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate.

If you have any of these types of documentation, bringing them with you when you apply for disability benefits will be helpful. However, if you don’t have any of these types of documentation, don’t worry – you can still apply for benefits. The best way to find out what documentation you need is to contact your local disability office and speak with a representative.

How do I apply for disability benefits?

If you cannot work due to a physical or mental condition, you may be eligible for disability benefits from the government. To apply for abnormality benefits, you must submit a formal application and provide supporting documentation from your physician.

If you are approved for disorder benefits, you will receive a monthly payment to help you cover your living expenses. In addition, you may also be eligible for other government benefits, such as health care coverage.

If you think you may be eligible for disability benefits, the first step is to contact your local Social Security office to set up an appointment.

If you think you may qualify for disability benefits, contact Gaylord and Nantais Workers’ Compensation Attorneys or Call us at (562) 561-2669 for more information.


Thomas M. Nantais

Thomas M. Nantais

Thomas M. Nantais is the Partner of Gaylord & Nantais, a legal firm specializing in workers’ compensation, in the state of California. This firm deals in getting hearing loss compensation and work related injuries compensation for those who have worked in the state of California. With his sincere efforts, Thomas is committed to meet the highest standards of the legal industry, and aims to provide the clients with an honest and aggressive representation.

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