A person may qualify for disability benefits if they have a medical condition that prevents them from working and earning an income. Through the U.S Social Security Administration (SSA), an individual with a disability might qualify for such benefits as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
When applying for disability benefits, you need to provide medical documentation showing you have a legitimately disabling condition. Be aware, the application and approval process may be easier or harder depending on the specific condition you have.
What Is The Easiest Condition To Get Disability For?
The SSA may be more likely to quickly issue an approval when an applicant has a musculoskeletal condition such as arthritis. Because these conditions very clearly and naturally limit an applicant’s ability to participate in substantial gainful activity (SGA), it may not be particularly difficult for an applicant to show they’re unable to work and earn an income due to the nature of their disability.
The SSA also offers “Compassionate Allowances” to individuals with serious disabilities (many of which often result in death) that very obviously meet the SSA’s criteria for eligibility. When a person qualifies for a Compassionate Allowance, the SSA will expedite both the processing of their application and the distribution of their funds. Examples of conditions that might qualify someone for a Compassionate Allowance include various types of cancers, brain disorders, and certain conditions affecting children.
What Else Makes It Easier To Get Disability Benefits?
The severity of your condition is merely one factor that can influence how easy it may be to show that you qualify for disability benefits. Other potentially important factors include:
- Age: To qualify for SSDI, you must have accrued a certain number of work credits over the years. The older you are, the more work credits you may have accrued by the time you apply for benefits.
- Documentation: The SSA rigorously evaluates applications to ensure that those who receive disability benefits are those who genuinely need them. Thus, the more medical documentation you can provide when applying for benefits, the better the odds you’ll receive an approval.
- Medical treatment: You need to demonstrate to the SSA that you’re legitimately attempting to improve your condition when you apply for benefits. One way to do so is to continue with any medical treatments your doctor has recommended.
Be aware that you also don’t need to apply for benefits alone. Working with a disability lawyer who has experience handling cases like yours may improve your odds of receiving an approval from the SSA.
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The process of applying for benefits, waiting for an approval, and appealing the SSA’s decision if they initially deny your claim can be time-consuming and stressful if you attempt to handle it all on your own. Luckily, doing so isn’t necessary.
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