SSDI Eligibility

The chances of you winning your disability case are greatly increased if you have an attorney or non-attorney representative handling your case.

Travis, in Oceanside California, asks “What qualifies someone as being disabled and eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?”

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits if you:

  • have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from engaging in any substantial gainful activity (SGA), and

  • the condition is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death, and
  • you are under the age of 65, and
  • generally, have worked 5 out of the last 10 years.

Every application for disability is assigned to an examiner at Disability Determination Services (DDS). The examiner will request medical records from your treatment sources and will ultimately make the decision regarding your approval for SSDI benefits.

Most people are denied benefits on their initial application for disability, but if you pursue the appeals process, chances are very good that you will eventually be awarded benefits. The chances of you winning your disability case are greatly increased if you have an attorney or non-attorney representative handling your case.

If you have been denied disability, or if you have questions, talk with an experienced disability attorney who can help you with your case. Click here to schedule a free consultation with an experienced disability attorney in the San Diego & Los Angeles area, serving all of Southern California.