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How Is Disability Determined For The Purposes of SSDI?

When it comes to SSDI claims, everyone has their own idea of what constitutes disability. Some may consider a broken leg to be a disability, but such an injury may not be considered a disabling condition by the Social Security Administration. In this blog, we explore a few of the major factors the SSA considers when determining whether or not an individual qualifies for Social Security disability income.

If your ability to work has been compromised by a serious injury or medical condition, you may qualify for SSDI. Call our Dallas SSDI attorneys today at (888) 898-9189.

What Is “Substantial Gainful Activity?”

SSDI is meant to be reserved for individuals whose disability prevents them from participating in “substantial gainful activity;” essentially work that brings in more than $1,090 for most, and $1,820 for blind individuals.

With few exceptions, your claim will be denied almost instantly if you are earning more than $1,090 at the time you apply. Self-employed individuals will be subject to other tests for SGA, as their income may not equate to this earnings threshold.

Listed Disabling Medical Conditions

If you suffer from certain medical conditions or impairments, you will automatically qualify for SSDI. These are listed in the SSA’s “blue book,” or listing impairment manual. These conditions include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Heart failure or heart disease
  • Blindness
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Schizophrenia

In order to qualify, however, you will still need to prove that your condition meets the criteria for disability according to the blue book. There are many medical conditions not included in the manual which can still qualify you for SSDI, but you will need extensive documentation to prove the severity of your condition.

Call (888) 898-9189 To Pursue The Benefits You Deserve

The information above is a simplified look at the factors the SSA considers – in reality, these claims are notoriously complex. Pursuing your claim is much easier, however, with help from on experienced Dallas SSDI attorney.

At Coats & Todd, our attorneys have more than 40 years of collective experience with Social Security claims. We have a comprehensive understanding of these claims, and we know how to obtain results on behalf of our clients. Don’t give up on your claim – when you retain our firm, we’ll work tirelessly to get you the money you deserve.

We’re ready to help you get the SSDI benefits you need and deserve. Get started with a free case evaluation.