If you are unable to work because of a physical or mental condition, you may experience financial hardship that will make it difficult for both you and your Tennessee family. When a disabling condition robs you of your ability to hold gainful employment, it may be beneficial for you to learn how you can proceed with a disability claim. 

It is not easy to get disability benefits through one of the two federal programs. The Social Security Administration holds a strict definition of disability, and you will need to include certain validating evidence in your claim in order to prove you are truly eligible. Before you begin, it is worthwhile to know how to validate your claim and avoid missteps with the application process.

What do you need to know about disability? 

Even individuals with valid, serious medical conditions often find that it is quite difficult to get disability benefits. Not everyone who has a serious medical issue will be able to secure this type of financial support. In order to qualify, you must meet the following criteria set forth by the SSA:

  • You are no longer able to do the same work you did before the onset of your condition.
  • Your physical or mental condition makes it impossible for you to work in other types of employment.
  • You will have your disabling condition for a period of at least one year or until your death.

According to these requirements, you may not qualify if you are able to do any type of gainful employment. It is also essential to include the necessary documentation and evidence to support your claim for disability benefits.

The SSA carefully reviews all documentation included with a claim in order to determine whether a person qualifies. You must include sufficient medical records, lab results, notes from your doctor and more. Before you submit a claim, it is beneficial to seek assistance to ensure you have not accidentally left out something that could be important for your claim.

Your right to keep fighting

Even with a valid disabling condition and sufficient documentation, many initial claims come back denied. This is frustrating, but you have the right to keep fighting and seek a reconsideration of your claim. Before moving forward with your claim, you may find it helpful to seek the guidance of an attorney with experience walking applicants through the complex process of applying for disability benefits.