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Am I eligible for Social Security disability benefits?

Knowing if you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits is important for disabled individuals to be aware of. The process of applying for benefits can be challenging, while at the same time the benefits can be much needed so it helps to be familiar with the requirements to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

Eligibility for Social Security disability benefits is, of course, based on disability which is based on the applicant’s medical condition. To qualify for disability benefits the disabled applicant must suffer from a disabling medical condition that is severe enough it prevents them from working. The medical condition must also be expected to last for 12 months or result in death. The Social Security Administration maintains a list of medical conditions but disabled individuals can also demonstrate that they suffer from one not on the list.

In addition, to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits the disabled individual must have the necessary work history to qualify for benefits and work history is based on the number of work history credits earned, as well as the number required to apply for benefits at the time which can change. It is helpful for disabled individuals seeking benefits to be familiar with both this component of qualifying for benefits as well as the medical requirements to qualify for benefits.

Social Security disability benefits can provide help with the daily needs of disabled individuals suffering with a disability and unable to work. Because of this, disabled individuals and their families should be familiar with the benefits and also with how they can qualify for benefits when they need them.

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