Are you unable to work because of a disabling medical condition? If so,
you may qualify for
Social Security Disability benefits. In order to qualify for disability benefits, you must meet the
Social Security Administration’s definition of a disability. “In
general, we pay monthly cash benefits to people who are unable to work
for a year or more because of a disability,” according to the SSA.
To qualify, you also must have worked long enough in jobs that paid into
the Social Security program (paid Social Security taxes).
“If I’m approved, how long would my benefits last?” Social
Security Disability benefits usually last until the individual is able
to go back to work regularly. In order to help make this transition as
seamless as possible (not rushed), the SSA has created “work incentives”
to help people continue receiving benefits and health care coverage while
they ease back into working on a regular basis.
“What if I reach full retirement age while I’m receiving disability
benefits?” In this scenario, your disability benefits would be converted
to retirement benefits and the amount would not change – it would
be the same.
What is the Listing of Impairments?
Listing of Impairments describes, for each major body system, impairments considered severe enough
to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity,” according
to the SSA. While you are not required to have a condition included on
the Listing of Impairments to receive disability, those conditions listed
are recognized by the SSA to prevent people from engaging in any gainful
activity. Here are just some of the medical conditions included on the
Listing of Impairments:
- Cystic fibrosis
- Loss of speech
- Cerebral palsy
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Chronic hypoglycemia
- Chronic heart failure
- Amputation due to any cause
- Soft tissue injuries, such as burns
- Hearing loss treated with cochlear implantation
- And much more
Are you interested in learning more about applying for Social Security
Disability in West Palm Beach? For professional legal representation during
the application process,
contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. today!