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What are the eligibility requirements for SSD benefits?

Whether it is due to an illness or an injury, living with a disability can be challenging for those suffering from the disability as well as their loved ones. Thus, many individuals in Ohio and elsewhere that develop a disabling condition because of the environment he or she work in certain ways to better their situation. The Social Security Administration designed the Social Security disability program as a means to help disabled individuals meet their basic needs while they are unable to work because of a disability.

In order to enjoy these benefits, an individual must apply for them. The application process asks for details and evidence of the applicant's disability so that the SSA can determine whether an applicant is in fact disabled. What are the requirements that make you eligible for SSD benefits?

With regards to the Social Security disability Insurance, or SSDI, program applicants qualify for these benefits if they can prove that they have worked long enough to collect benefits. This usually amounts to 10 years. If one meets this requirement, then he or she must prove that they are currently suffering a medical condition that meets the SSA's definition of a disability.

What is their definition of disability? The definition of disability for the SSA is strict and requires applicants to prove that they cannot do the work that they did before, cannot adjust to other work and has suffered a disability that has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death.

If the SSA determines that an applicant is eligible to receive disability benefits, he or she will receive monthly payments in accordance to their needs and situation. While it can take time to reach this point in the application process, those considering or currently applying for benefits should understand the process and his or her rights to file an appeal if he or she is initially denied. A denial does not always mean that one is not eligible but rather that their application is incomplete or lacking information or evidence.

Source: Ssa.gov, "What are the eligibility requirements to get Social Security disability benefits?," accessed Nov. 11, 2017

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