If you are medically disabled and can no longer work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. However, there are several rules and requirements to qualify for these benefits, and many people get denied because they haven’t provided sufficient supporting paperwork. The attorneys at The Gil Law Firm, based in Dothan, AL have helped many clients get the benefits they deserve and work through the appeals process. Here’s a quick overview of the eligibility requirements for Social Security disability benefits:
- Medical Condition: You must be medically qualified for disability benefits, which means you have met all the requirements of a Social Security impairment listing. You also need to prove that your medical condition prevents you from working at any past or future jobs. If the Disability Determination Services (DDS) staff in Alabama determines that you can perform any other type of job that is less demanding and that you are qualified for, you may be ineligible for disability benefits.
- Severity of Medical Condition: Claimants must also prove that their medical disability has lasted for at least one year or is expected to last for one year or more. This proof may take the form of reports from a reputable doctor or physician, healthcare assessments, and other documents that report on the severity of the condition.
- Income Verification: If you are still earning money in some way, either through a passive income source or other sources, you may be deemed gainfully employed regardless of your disability. This would make you ineligible for Social Security benefits.
If you have more questions about Social Security disability benefits, set up a private consultation with an attorney at The Gil Law Firm in Dothan, AL. Call (334) 673-1000 now or visit their website to learn more about the firm's services.