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What makes a condition disabling, according to the SSA?

Medical evidence

To determine disability, the SSA will review closely the medical evidence you submit with your application. This includes tests, treatments, statements from your doctors and medical records. They use this information to determine if your condition is severe and if it is likely to last for at least 12 months.

The SSA will also check if your condition is on the list of disabling conditions.

Your ability to perform any job

The SSA will also assess whether your condition prohibits you from performing your job or any other job. It will consider any transferable skills, your education background and other factors that determine whether you can adjust to other occupations.

Work history

To qualify for SSDI, applicants must have a work history that is long enough and recent enough to earn sufficient work credits. These credits accumulate based on your annual wages or income, with a maximum of four credits per year. Generally speaking, the older you are when you become disabled, the more credits you need to have earned.

Based on all this information, the SSA will make a determination on whether you are disabled and qualify for SSDI.

Considering how complicated this process is -- and how high the financial stakes may be -- it can be vital to consult an attorney who understands the Social Security and disability benefits systems. With legal support, you can avoid costly missteps and assumptions that could jeopardize benefits you may deserve.

Medical evidence

To determine disability, the SSA will review closely the medical evidence you submit with your application. This includes tests, treatments, statements from your doctors and medical records. They use this information to determine if your condition is severe and if it is likely to last for at least 12 months.

The SSA will also check if your condition is on the list of disabling conditions.

Your ability to perform any job

The SSA will also assess whether your condition prohibits you from performing your job or any other job. It will consider any transferable skills, your education background and other factors that determine whether you can adjust to other occupations.

Work history

To qualify for SSDI, applicants must have a work history that is long enough and recent enough to earn sufficient work credits. These credits accumulate based on your annual wages or income, with a maximum of four credits per year. Generally speaking, the older you are when you become disabled, the more credits you need to have earned.

Based on all this information, the SSA will make a determination on whether you are disabled and qualify for SSDI.

Considering how complicated this process is -- and how high the financial stakes may be -- it can be vital to consult an attorney who understands the Social Security and disability benefits systems. With legal support, you can avoid costly missteps and assumptions that could jeopardize benefits you may deserve.

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