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How Social Security Decides If You Are Disabled Enough to Receive Benefits

Although you want to work, your disability makes it impossible to do so. Whether it is not being able to concentrate because of the anxiety you constantly feel, or your body not allowing you to move without feeling excruciating pain, you just aren’t able to make a living for yourself. Many folks in your situation look for Social Security to help them, and although they believe they are disabled enough to receive assistance, the government doesn’t always think so. Here, a Social Security attorney discusses how it is decided if you are eligible for benefits.

Are You Currently Working?

If you are working in 2015, and your earnings average more than $1,070 a month, you will likely not be eligible to receive any Social Security benefits.

Is Your Condition Severe?

Disabilities must be considered “severe” in order to receive benefits. To be considered severe, the disability must interfere with your ability to perform basic work-related activities. If it does not, you will likely not be eligible to receive benefits.

Can You Perform the Same Work You Did Previously?

If you are unable to perform the same work you did before becoming disabled, the Social Security Administration will determine if you are able to perform other types of job duties. If you are not able to perform at all, you may be considered disabled.

In order to be considered disabled, you will also need to have a condition that is featured on the Administration’s “List of Disabling Conditions.” If not, you may still be able to receive disability, with the help of an experienced Lebanon Social Security attorney.

The law offices of Schmidt Kramer wants to help you receive what is justly yours. Contact us today to find out how we can assist you.

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