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How to Qualify for Benefits

For American’s suffering from disabilities, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can provide crucial financial relief and support.

The first step in the process is that a local field office of Social Security Administration receives your application and determines whether you are financially eligible to receive benefits.  If a person is financially eligible to receive benefits, then the Disability Determination Services (DDS) will assess whether or not the medical condition is severe enough to qualify for benefits.

Determining whether a person is medically eligible to receive benefits is a crucial step in the process of applying for financial assistance.

One thing that the DDS will evaluate is whether or not the disability prevents a person from doing their current line of work.

Another thing that will be assessed by DDS is whether the specific condition(s) meet the definitions and requirements for receiving financial benefits.  Not every condition is debilitating and so the agency will make sure that the applicant’s conditions meet the requirements.

Another item that DDS will look at when deciding whether to approve benefits is whether the applicant can perform any other work.  Some applicants may be able to prove that the condition prevents them from performing their previous line of work – but would still be capable of performing a different line of work.  Overall the approval process for receiving benefits is very structured and applicants must pass a rigorous set of standards to receive financial help.