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.