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What Are Social Security Disability Laws?

Social security (SS) disability laws cover certain benefits that are issued to persons with disabilities. Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees distributions of these benefits and sets forth the eligibility requirements for receiving such benefits. These benefits take the form of payments that help persons who are unable to maintain employment due to their disability or condition.

Who Is Eligible for Disability?

Eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits is determined in a number of ways. First, the SSA maintains a comprehensive list of disabilities and conditions that would automatically qualify the person for disability benefits. These include conditions such as brain damage, various types of heart disease, and mental illness.

If the person’s condition is not on the list, the SSA will need to determine how the disability impacts the person’s ability to perform their job. For instance, if the person is still able to perform their employment tasks perfectly well, it’s likely that they won’t receive any benefits. On the other hand, if the condition prevents them from doing their work (or from finding similar work), they might qualify for benefits.

Are There Any Other Factors Considered?

Eligibility may also depend on other factors such as:

  • How old you were when you became disabled
  • The exact nature of your particular disability
  • The way that the disability relates to that person’s line of work
  • Whether or not the person has any other conditions
  • Whether the disability is total or partial

Lastly, the determination of the exact amount of benefits that are paid also varies from case to case. Again, these will depend upon an examination of the circumstances listed above.

Some employers offer disability insurance cover apart from social security laws.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with SS Disability Rules?

Disability laws involve complex determinations when it comes to eligibility requirements. You may need to hire a lawyer if you need help understanding how these rules work. Also, if you have any legal disputes that involve disability or employment laws in general, your attorney can provide you with legal responses. Lawsuits about social security disability generally require the assistance of an attorney.

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Last Modified: 05-28-2015 09:28 AM PDT

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