SSD/Benefits Eligibility

Are You Eligible?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a complex, five-step process for determining if you are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. This system considers your inability to do the work you did before your impairment, your inability to adjust to new work, and how long your disability has lasted and is expected to last.  

  1. Are you engaged in substantial gainful activity? Or, are you working?
  2. Do you have a medically determinable impairment or a combination of impairments, that is severe? Or, is your medical situation bad enough that you cannot perform basic work activities?
  3. Do you have a certain medical condition, or combination of conditions, that the SSA says entitles you to automatic disability benefits? Or, is your condition on the list of impairments?
  4. Do you have the ability to perform work that you have done in the past? Or, can you do any of the same kind of work that you had done at some point in the last 15 years?
  5. Can you perform any other work? Or, are there other jobs you could be doing, given your medical condition, age, experience, and education?

If you meet these federal disability guidelines, you may be eligible for benefits.

We Can Help

If you have questions, Henson Fuerst has answers. Our Social Security Disability lawyers in North Carolina can answer your questions regarding your eligibility for SSD benefits and can help you prepare your application or appeal. Call us at (919) 781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form.