What Disabilities Can You Receive Social Security For?

No one ever imagines that one day they might not be able to work. For this reason, many people don’t plan financially for what could happen if they get sick or injured and are unable to earn a living.

Fortunately, for people who have suffered a debilitating injury or been diagnosed with a severe illness, the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits program (which all Americans pay into with their Social Security taxes) is there to help. In fact, for many people who can no longer work, the SSDI program is their only safety net.

Who is eligible for SSDI?

In America, you shouldn’t lose your home or be plunged into poverty because you can’t do the work you once did. That’s why if you have suffered a debilitating injury or been diagnosed with a condition that prevents you from working, you may be eligible to receive SSDI benefits from the government. In order to receive SSDI benefits, you must prove the following:

  • You can no longer do work you did before.
  • Your condition is expected to last at least 12 months or until your death.
  • Your condition prevents you from performing or adjusting to other types of employment.
    • Various types of cancer
    • Paralysis
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Degenerative diseases
    • Mental problems
    • Cardiac and circulatory disorders
    • Deafness and blindness

While any injury or illness that prevents you from working could make you eligible for SSDI benefits, some of the more common disabilities people receive Social Security for include:

To see a more extensive list of the conditions that qualify for SSD benefits, visit the Social Security Administration’s website.

The SSDI benefits claim’s process

Unfortunately, the application process to receive Social Security benefits can be complicated and time-consuming. You will need to provide a good deal of paperwork, including employment and medical records, workers’ compensation claim records, financial documents, and retirement information. It is quite common for applicants to be denied on their first claim.

Contact an experienced SSDI claim lawyer in Colorado today

Because of the complicated nature of the SSDI claim’s process in Colorado, it’s a good idea to have a Brighton Social Security attorney on your side to help you avoid making any mistakes that could cause your claim to be denied. If you live in Colorado and are applying for SSDI, contact the Law Office of John A. Anderson, Jr., LLC for assistance with your application. We take pride in helping clients receive the benefits they deserve. If you live in Commerce City, Brighton, or Thornton, we offer trusted legal care you can count on. Contact us online or call (303) 880-7994 today.