Social Security disability insurance should provide financial support and security to people and families who need it the most. Unfortunately, getting a claim paid can sometimes prove to be challenging. According to historical data from the Social Security Administration (SSA), between 27 and 36 percent of Social Security disability claims are approved upon initial application each year.
You may have questions about your likelihood of getting disability benefits. There are several different factors that the SSA will use in evaluating your claim. In this article, our Arkansas Social Security disability attorneys highlight four signs that suggest that you will be approved for disability benefits.
1.You Have Paid Enough in Social Security Taxes
To bring a successful SSDI claim, you must have a sufficient work history. How many ‘work credits’ you need depends largely on your age. The longer your work history, the easier it will be to satisfy the financial eligibility requirement. Older workers may need ten years of work history. Though, younger applicants need less than that. If you or your loved one lacks sufficient work credits to qualify for SSDI, you may be eligible to bring a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim. SSI is a purely needs based program.
2. You are Not Engaged in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)
You cannot obtain Social Security disability benefits if you are still working on a full-time basis. The federal government uses the term ‘Substantial Gainful Activity’ to refer to work. For the year 2021, an individual who earns more than $1310 in a month is ineligible for Social Security disability benefits.
3. You Have Strong, Well-Organized Medical Evidence
To be eligible for SSDI or SSI benefits, you must prove to claims administrators that you have documentation that supports your injury, illness, or medical condition. The more comprehensive your medical evidence, the more likely you will be approved for disability benefits. Ultimately, every successful Social Security disability claim relies on medical records.
4. You Cannot Return to Work or Reasonably Perform Alternative Work
Finally, disability benefits are only available if your injury, illness, or medical condition prevents you from working. In bringing a claim, an applicant needs to prove different things. To start, a disability applicant must establish their inability to return to their previous position. In addition, they must prove that they cannot reasonably be expected to perform alternative work—either due to the severity of their impairment or due to their age.
Call Our Rogers SSDI Lawyers for Immediate Help With Your Case
At Gallo Cazort & Co. Law Firm, our Northwest Arkansas Social Security disability lawyers represent clients with honesty, personal attention, and exceptional professional skills. If you have any questions about getting your disability approved, we are available help. Contact us today for a free, no obligation initial consultation. With a legal office in Rogers, our firm handles SSDI and SSI claims throughout the entire region, including in Bentonville, Springdale, Fayetteville, Siloam Springs, Bella Vista, Eureka Springs, Fort Smith, Harrison, and Russellville.