If you suffer from a chronic condition or disability due to injury or illness, Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, can be a huge help. However, SSDI claims can be difficult to file and there’s no guarantee you will be approved. This video explains what lawyers look for to make a successful SSDI claim.
The first thing the SSDI board will look for is age. If you are over 50 years of age, it definitely helps your case. There are special rules in place to make it easier for people who are older than 50 years to be approved for SSDI claims. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t be approved if you’re younger than 50.
Another factor is work history. Maintaining employment and building a strong work history can significantly increase the chances of being approved for SSDI. A patchy work history does not preclude you from getting benefits, but it doesn’t help. It’s important because the judge is determining if a person genuinely can’t find work due to their disability or if they simply have difficulty applying to and maintaining employment.
Work history and age are not the deciding factors. The disability itself factors in immensely. Physical conditions are easier to demonstrate than mental health conditions, but a good lawyer will help your case either way. For more information, check out the video above.