How Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability?

Am I Disabled?  That is the first question that must be addressed. To receive benefits under the Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) programs, you must have physical or mental health problems (or a combination of both) severe enough to keep you from working for at least one year.  The inability to get work, or go back to your old job, may not be enough to qualify under the Social Security definition of disability.  The test is whether you are capable of doing  jobs that exist in the economy in significant numbers.

Using a complex set of rules and regulations, the Social Security Administration will take into account a number of factors before deciding your case and awarding benefits for disability. Some factors include your age, work experience, training you’ve received, remaining ability to work and medical condition to name a few.  As you get older, Social Security’s regulations make it easier to be found disabled and possibly be approved for benefits.