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How do you qualify for Social Security Disability in Ohio?

Do you understand how the Social Security Department determines if you’re eligible for Social Security Disability in Ohio? Social Security Disability is given when you’re disabled or unable to work; that can make it hard to understand exactly how you’d qualify. Here are some examples.

If you have earned less than $1,070 per month in 2014, you may be considered disabled — of course, you must also have the injury to go along with this claim. If you are not working due to your medical condition, the Disability Determination Service will be contacted and make a decision about your condition.

Having an injury isn’t enough to be considered disabled. The Social Security Disability application will look into whether or not you can perform other types of work. For instance, if you have a broken knee, are you able to do a sitting job as a fully functional employee? If so, you may not qualify for Social Security Disability. If you can’t adjust to new work conditions due to your age, education or skills, then your application for disability may be approved.

Of course, if you’re able to do the exact same work you could do before your injury, you are less likely to be approved for disability payments. The same is true if the Social Security Administration receives your information and does not believe your condition is severe. Your condition needs to interfere with your work to have your claim considered.

Filing for disability can be confusing, and you need to make sure you back up your claims. Throughout the application process, it’s important to take all the legal steps necessary to make sure your disability will go through, so you can get back to a normal life.

Source: The Social Security Administration, “Disability Planner: How We Decide If You Are Disabled” Sep. 25, 2014

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