Requirements to Qualify for Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administration office has a listing of impairments that are considered severe enough to qualify a person for disability. If your condition is listed, you may qualify. If not, the Social Security Administration will have to determine whether it is.
Current Work Status
If you are currently still working and earning more than $1,220 every month, you will not qualify for disability.
Severity of Condition
To be considered disabled, your injury must prevent you from performing essential work-related functions such as lifting, sitting, walking, or thinking clearly for at least one year.
Ability to Work Like Before
If your disability prevents you from returning to the same job you held before, you may qualify. However, if you can return to your old job, your claim may be denied.
Ability to Perform Other Work
Even if you cannot return to the same work you were performing before you were disabled, the Social Security Administration will investigate whether you can do any other type of work. If you can do other work, your claim may be disqualified.