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Am I eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?

If you sustained an injury as a result of being involved in a job-related accident, you may be considered temporarily or permanently disabled under California state laws. As a result, you could be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits depending on the nature and severity of your condition. Provided below are some of the key factors taken into consideration by the Social Security Administration when determining eligibility.

According to the Social Security Administration, five major components are used to determine whether or not a person is eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Eligibility is largely determined based on the satisfaction of the five chronological factors. Before your SSDI application can be considered, however, it must be determined that you worked a mandatory amount of time in a position covered under the SSA.

The first factor that the SSA will take into consideration when determining your disability eligibility is your current work status. Your application will likely move on to the next stage of eligibility determination if you are not employed. However, if you are working and earning at least $1,070 per month, your application may be denied.

The second factor that is typically considered is the effect that your condition has on your ability to work. Your application, therefore, may proceed to the third stage of consideration if it is determined that your condition does interfere with your work performance.

Once it is confirmed that your ability to perform job-related activities is impacted by your injury, the SSA will consider the severity of your condition. A list of medical conditions is used to determine automatic eligibility, and that template is used to identify conditions of equal severity.

The fourth and fifth factors that come into play and some cases involve your ability to work in the same or different job position based on the severity of your condition. While these five components are commonly used to determine Social Security Disability eligibility, other circumstances can influence eligibility decisions. Keep in mind, therefore, that the information above is only intended to be educational in nature.

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