QualifyingIn order to qualify for SSD, a person must: "Substantial gainful activity" is a standard that the Social Security administration uses to measure whether or not a person is earning enough to support themselves. It is measured in terms of monthly earnings, and changes each year to keep up with economic factors. For 2010, blind employees can make up to $1,640 per month and non-blind employees can make up to $1,000 a month and still qualify for benefits.
DisabilitiesThere are many ways that a person can become injured or sick enough to lose the ability to work. The Social Security Administration has a list of ailments that qualify a person for disability benefits, including: There are many ailments included in the "Blue Book," but yours doesn't have to be listed in order to qualify. If you can demonstrate that your unlisted disorder keeps you from working and earning enough income for yourself or your family, you can apply for benefits.
The Coye Law Disability Center helps claimants appeal their denied disability claims. After you've made an initial application and received an unfavorable decision, call our offices to set up a free consultation with an accomplished attorney.