Remember, how quick your application is approved depends on how qualified you are to receive disability benefits. A judge decides whether or not your application meets the total disability criteria based on these five questions:
- Are you working?
- Is your condition “severe”?
- Is your condition found in the list of automatically qualifying disabling conditions?
- Can you do the work you did before you were disabled?
- Can you do any other type of work?
If you have been employed and you have paid into the Social Security system, you may be eligible for SSDI benefits if you meet disability criteria. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that you must have a medical condition that prevents you from working for a year or more because of a total disability. The key word here is total – Social Security benefits are not paid out for partial or temporary disabilities.