Understanding the Rules for Social Security Disability Benefits

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If you can’t work due to your health conditions, you may have questions about how you might qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. But just because you know you can’t work doesn’t mean your claim will automatically be approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA is a big government agency that uses a series of rules to decide whether or not you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. To win disability benefits, you must follow all the SSA’s rules to be declared “disabled” under SSA’s guidelines.

The hardest part of winning Social Security Disability benefits is legally proving you’re “disabled.”

At Morgan, Collins and Yeast, our Paducah disability lawyers are happy to talk to you, free of charge, about your disability case. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.

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What Are the Social Security Disability Rules?

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Under the SSA’s rules, you’re considered “disabled” if your medical condition or injury is expected to keep you from working for at least one full year. Your condition can be a physical condition, a mental condition or a combination of problems.

Under its rules, the SSA generally considers you disabled if:

  • You can’t do work that you did before;
  • You’re unable to adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

To determine whether or not you’re disabled, the SSA will use a complicated process. The disability attorneys at Morgan, Collins and Yeast understand the SSA’s rules and are here to help you no matter where you are in the process.

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Does Your Medical Condition Follow the SSA’s Rules to Win Benefits?

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Just about any medical condition that keeps you from working may qualify you to receive disability benefits. Here’s just a partial list of common medical conditions that qualify for benefits:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hepatitis C
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Spinal Injuries / Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Lung Disease
  • Bipolar Disorder

If you don’t see your medical condition on this list, just call us. When you bring your disability case to Morgan, Collins and Yeast, we’re always available to meet with you in person to discuss your claim. We want to get a better understanding of your medical condition and your particular situation.

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If you still have questions about disability benefits, call us today for a FREE CONSULTATION. Let Morgan, Collins and Yeast’s Kentucky Courage and experience with disability cases make a difference in your case!

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