Q: How do I know if my injury or illness is disabling enough for me to qualify for Social Security Disability in Pennsylvania?
There are a couple different ways that you can determine whether your illness or injury could qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits. You can either look through a list of specific qualifying illnesses or determine how your particular illness has affected your ability to work. Either route may help you determine if your illness is—or isn’t—eligible for benefits.
Your first step of action should be to check out the Social Security Administration’s list of automatically disabling conditions. This will be your starting point in determining whether your illness is likely to fit in with one of the illnesses most commonly granted disability benefits. It may help to have a medical professional reading the stipulations of each illness with you.
The second way to help determine whether you are eligible for disability benefits is to look at the employment aspect. In short, any injury or illness that leaves you unable to perform any work for at least one year may make you eligible for disability benefits. Of course, proving that your condition meets the criteria is not always easy.
Your best bet, however, is to call an attorney. A Harrisburg personal injury attorney who has experience working within the Social Security Disability system will be better equipped to help you determine whether your injury or illness should qualify you for benefits. Because more than half of all applicants are initially denied, it pays to seek help from somebody who understands the inner workings of Social Security Disability. Call us today for a free consultation at 717-888-8888.