Common disability questions include, "Am I considered to be a disabled person?" and "How hard is it to obtain social security disability insurance benefits?" Another common question is, "At what point is it advisable to enlist the services of an attorney when filing an SSDI or SSI claim?"
Up-to-date criteria for disability benefits are listed on the official United States Social Security Administration website. Conditions affecting a wide range of bodily systems may qualify an individual as disabled. Examples of disorder types that may meet the criteria include certain skin disorders, mental disorders, neurological conditions, respiratory problems and disorders of the immune system. Some cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, genitourinary, hematological and digestive conditions are also covered.
Individuals must have a condition that renders them incapable of working for at least 12 months before they can qualify, as of 2015. However, it is not necessary to wait until 12 months have passed before filing the claim. A claimant can file for benefits as soon as he confirms with a doctor that there is a possibility of being unable to work for at least a year. It can be very challenging to obtain benefits, so patients should keep copies of their detailed medical records to serve as proof of the validity of their claims. If possible, it is best to consult with an attorney at the beginning of the process to get the best advice early on.