Answering Your Common SSD Questions
The Social Security Disability benefits application process can leave you with many questions. The attorneys at The Skolnick Weiser Law Firm, LLC, can help clarify your concerns, navigate the application process and fight for what you deserve after a denied claim. Learn more about how we can help by calling us locally at 216-861-8888, calling us toll free at 877-977-3476 or sending us an email.
What Is Definition Of Disability For Adults?
For adults, disability is defined for purposes of the Social Security Disability program as well as for the SSI program as an inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity due to any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death, or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
Because of your physical or mental impairments, you must be unable to perform the work you did before. Considering your age, education and work experience, you must be unable to engage in any other work.
What Is The Childhood Definition Of Disability?
A child under the age of 18 who has a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that results in marked and severe functional limitations, can be expected to result in death, or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months, may be eligible for SSI benefits. Under current regulations, in order to qualify medically for benefits, a child must establish “marked” limitations in two of the six “domains” or an extreme limitation in one “domain.” The “domains” that are evaluated by Social Security in determining whether a child is medically eligible are as follows:
- Acquiring and using information
- Attending and completing tasks
- Interacting and relating with others
- Moving about and manipulating objects
- Caring for self
- Health and physical well-being
When Should I Apply For Benefits?
You should apply for benefits if you have been off work for over 12 months due to a physical or mental impairment. By putting off applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you are potentially losing benefits that might be available to you.
Social Security Disability benefits can be paid to a qualifying individual up to one year before the date of the disability application. For individuals applying for SSI, payment of back benefits can be made from the date of the application. If you have a severe impairment or combination of impairments that prevent you from doing your past work and keep you from doing any other work, you should apply immediately.
What Kind Of Proof Do I Need To Establish My Disability?
The best way to establish your disability is to have medical records available from doctors who have been treating you for your physical and mental conditions over a period of time.
If you have not been seeing a doctor on a regular basis, you need to start doing so. For individuals without insurance, you need to locate a medical facility that will provide low-cost or free care for individuals with limited or no income. In Cuyahoga County, Ohio, residents should go to MetroHealth Medical Center to be “rated.” After you are rated, you will be able to receive treatment at a reduced cost, or at no cost. Given the number of options available to individuals without insurance for low-cost or free treatment, the absence of insurance, as an excuse for your lack of treatment, will be ignored by the Social Security judge at the hearing on your eligibility for benefits. The judge knows that there are treatment options available for individuals without insurance.