How would I qualify as being disabled?

Social Security has its own rules for what it means to be disabled. The rules that apply to a state’s workers’ compensation system or the Veteran’s Administration does not necessarily apply to Social Security.

Here is what Social Security law says “disability” is:

An individual who is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a mental or physical impairment that will last longer than 12 months.

Now, it can be confusing what this actually means. Social Security law has interpreted what this means and it is often different than what an individual might think based on their circumstances. For example, just because an individual can’t go back to their previous job doesn’t mean that they are “disabled” to Social Security. A person must also have been going to consistent and continuous medical treatment for the condition(s) that prevent them from being able to work.

There are many conditions that Social Security recognizes. An individual should ask themselves and be aware of how their condition(s) affects their mental capacity and mental abilities, their social interactions with friends, family and strangers, and their ability to function in the regular activities of life like household work, maintenance or cooking.

How does an individual prove they are “disabled?”

1. Keep and obtain all of the medical records that have to do with medical treatment concerning your conditions.

2. Keep a list of all medical providers including their addresses, emails and phone numbers.

3. Tell their doctor about everything you are experiencing from your condition(s).

4. Keep a notebook of all of: prescriptions, daily experiences with their condition(s), doctor’s visits, symptoms and side effects.

5. Be prepared to explain all of your answers on the Social Security forms and back them up with proof.

6. The help and support of an experienced Social Security attorney can be the best tool to get approved for Social Security benefits.

Are SSI and SSDI the same thing?

No, they are not. Let us explain:
SSDI (social security disability insurance) is for those individuals who have paid Social Security taxes, worked and built up quarters enough to qualify for benefits.

SSI (Supplemental Security Income) provides benefits looking at an individual’s financial need. These individuals are not required to have worked before they qualify.

What Bighorn Disability can do for You

Bighorn Disability fights for our clients. Social Security is a tough system to navigate and most of our clients get denied when they try to do it themselves. We walk our clients through the process step by step when things get tough. Our clients often come to us feeling abandoned by the system and discouraged. We lift our people up and fight with them.

Call Bighorn Disability today so we can help you get a hand up and stop the pain of the Social Security process NOW.


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