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SSA and Disability Claim Acceptance

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a federal agency responsible for providing financial support to individuals who cannot work due to a disability. If you’re considering applying for disability benefits, it is essential to understand the process and what you can do to increase your chances of accepting your claim. 

Contact Pekas Smith: Arizona Disability Attorneys to discuss everything you need to know about the SSA and disability claim acceptance, including the eligibility requirements, the application process, and tips for improving your chances of having your claim accepted.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for disability benefits from the SSA, an individual must meet specific eligibility requirements. The primary eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Work Credits: An individual must have earned sufficient work credits by working and paying taxes into the Social Security system.
  • Disability: An individual should not be able to do any activity due to a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death.
  • The severity of Impairment: The individual’s impairment must be severe enough to prevent them from performing any work they have done in the past or any other work that exists in significant numbers in the national economy.

The Application Process

The first step in the application process is to complete an online application or visit a local Social Security office. When completing the application, providing as much information as possible about your medical condition and work history is essential. The SSA will also require that you provide medical evidence to support your claim, including medical records, test results, and statements from treating physicians.

Once the application is received, it will be reviewed by the SSA. If additional information is needed, the SSA will request it. If the SSA determines that the individual is eligible for disability benefits, they will be approved for benefits. If the claim is denied, the individual can appeal the decision.

Improving Your Chances of Acceptance

While there is no guarantee that your disability claim will be accepted, you can take steps to increase your chances of having your claim approved. These include:

  • Provide Detailed Medical Evidence: The SSA will require that you provide detailed medical evidence to support your claim. It is essential to provide as much medical evidence as possible, including medical records, test results, and statements from treating physicians.
  • Follow Treatment: If you are receiving treatment for your condition, it is crucial to follow the prescribed treatment. The SSA will evaluate whether you are following treatment when determining your eligibility for benefits.
  • Work with an Experienced Disability Attorney: Working with an experienced disability attorney can increase your chances of having your claim approved. An attorney can help you navigate the process, provide guidance on what information to include in your application, and represent you during the appeals process if necessary.