If you cannot work because you are sick or suffering from a physical injury, you know that you are likely eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. However, the process of obtaining these benefits is complex, and it is not easy to navigate. Additionally, the SSA holds a strict view of which conditions qualify as disabling. 

Before you begin the process of applying for disability benefits, it can be helpful to start by finding out if you are actually eligible. Understanding eligibility requirements is an important first step, as is learning more about how the process works and how much your payments may be. You may also find it beneficial to seek help as you move forward with your application.

How can you know if you are really disabled? 

Disability benefits are available to many individuals who are currently suffering with a physical or mental condition that precludes them from holding gainful employment. Disability requirements are strict, but you may qualify if the following apply to you: 

  • Your condition or sickness prevents you from working in the same capacity that you did in the past.
  • Other types of work are not an option for you because of the nature of your disabling medical condition.
  • You have a condition that will last for a period of at least one year or for the rest of your life.

It is often beneficial for people applying for benefits to seek a thorough review of their case before moving forward. Many initial claims come back denied, but this does not mean it is the end of the road for you. You are entitled to continue your pursuit of benefits through a reconsideration of your claim or an appeal.

Before you start with your claim

When making a determination about disability, representatives from the SSA will look at things such as medical records, documentation from doctors and more. They may even speak with your doctors and others to verify the information in your application. Preparing well for your claim is a critical step in the process of pursuing necessary disability benefits.

Michigan applicants often find the process of moving forward with a disability benefits claim to be confusing and overwhelming. You do not have to take one step of this process alone, but instead, you can first seek legal guidance as you learn more about your rights, interests and potential future claim.