Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability (SSD) was created to help disabled people who cannot work. Through SSD, a disabled person can get money to pay for their basic needs, as well as the needs of their families. As an added bonus, a person who has received SSD benefits for two or more years can also qualify for medical benefits through Medicare.

Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits?

In the U.S., there are many programs designed to help people who are struggling to support themselves financially. Each program has its own set of qualifications. For example, if these things are true about you, you may be able to get SSD benefits:

  • You have a “permanent disability” — a disability that doctors believe will last one year or longer.
  • You cannot find other work because of your disability and other reasons (such as your age or a lack of education).
  • You have worked enough in the past to be considered for SSD.

To learn more about each of the SSD rules listed above, continue reading.

Permanent Disabilities

As mentioned above, you cannot receive SSD benefits for a “partial disability.” Rather, you have to be totally disabled, and your disability has to last or be expected to last for at least 12 months. Here are some common injuries and medical conditions that can be permanent disabilities:

  • Back injuries
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Sense and speech issues
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Neurological disorders
  • Mental disorders
  • Immune system disorders
  • Skin disorders
  • Digestive tract problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer
  • Hematological disorders
  • Various syndromes

Even if your injury or medical condition is not listed above, I would be happy to talk to you about your situation. After we have a conversation, I can help you figure out what you should do next.

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Not Able to Find Other Work

Often, a person with a disability can work for a day, a week, or longer. But just because you can work for a short amount of time doesn’t mean that you can continue working every day, all year long. If you can’t work every day because of a disability, that improves your chances of qualifying for SSD.

Another thing that will help you get SSD benefits is proving that you cannot get another job. For example, if you are 45 years old, never finished high school, and have worked in construction for your entire life, you are very likely to get SSD benefits after becoming disabled. If, on the other hand, you are 25 years old and have a college education, a Massachusetts court will probably tell you that you should be able to find other work.

Past Work Experience

When you work, a small piece of each paycheck goes to a place called the “Social Security tax fund.” This is the same fund that is used to pay people who qualify for SSD. When the court is trying to decide whether to give you SSD benefits, they look at how much you have worked. The reason they do this is because they only want to give SSD benefits to people who have given a fair amount to the Social Security tax fund.

Call to Learn More

Applying for SSD on your own can be difficult and very stressful. To find out more about SSD and whether you qualify, please call me. I am here to help.

Work with an Experienced SSD Lawyer in Massachusetts

You might be able to get SSD benefits without a lawyer. If you can, you should because it will save you money. However, if you’re having trouble with the application process, or you have applied for benefits and been denied, please call me. I want to help you get the money you need, and I have more than 30 years of experience doing the same for disabled people throughout Massachusetts.