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The basics of qualifying for SSD benefits

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2018 | Qualifying For SSD/SSI Benefits

Knowing how to qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, and navigate the maze that can sometimes be the process of applying for SSD benefits, is important for disabled individuals in Ohio. In general, disabled individuals who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last 12 months or longer or result in death may be eligible Social Security disability benefits if all other requirements are met.

SSD benefits are something that many disabled individuals and their families may rely on, so it is helpful to understand the application and qualification process for SSD benefits. A variety of different types of illnesses and injuries may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. What is in important is to submit thorough and complete medical records and to understand how to properly document the medical condition the disabled individual is suffering from.

In addition, to qualify for SSD benefits, the disabled applicant must meet the Social Security Administration’s work history requirement. In general, the disabled individual must have worked the past five of 10 years to pay into the Social Security system, but there may be some exceptions to this general requirement. The requirements to qualify for SSD benefits can be somewhat technical so it is important to understand what they are and how to meet them.

For disabled individuals who do not qualify for SSD benefits, other options, such as Supplemental Security Income, may be available, making it important to understand all the options available and the application processes. Qualifying for Social Security disability benefits can seem like a challenge. However, with the proper knowledge and understanding of the process, the process may seem less intimidating, which can help disabled individuals seek the benefits they badly need.