While Social Security Disability Benefits can be a lifeline for many who are unable to work due to a mental or physical condition, a majority of individuals applying for such benefits are rejected. In fact, data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows that 70 percent of initial claims for benefits are denied.
This can leave many wondering, “What could affect an individual’s eligibility for Social Security Disability?” First, it is important to understand what qualifies a person for such benefits.
The SSA says that an applicant must suffer from a condition that will leave them unable to work for at least a year or potentially facing death. The individual must have also worked long enough to receive benefits and must meet certain citizenship criteria.
Recipients are also required to meet standards regarding income, which is one of the most common factors that can have significant effects on the outcome of a Social Security Disability claim.
The way income is figured can be affected in several ways, including:
- Marriage or Divorce
- Spouses Death
- Change in Work Status
- Receiving Pensions
- Receiving Other Government Benefits
The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest anyone considering applying for such benefits or an individual who has a claim that was denied in the past discuss their legal options with an attorney immediately.