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How Do I Know If I Will Be Approved for Benefits?

Posted on March 28, 2016

One of the most common misconceptions that a Cuyahoga Social Security disability lawyer encounters is the belief that a person isn’t disabled enough to apply for benefits. A Cuyahoga Social Security disability attorney can explain why a person should take the first step by applying for benefits.

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One reason why it is important for an individual to apply is because Social Security regulations allow for a person to have a less significant impairment the older that he or she gets. The ease of being approved for benefits becomes stronger as the applicant gets older. For example, the process becomes easier at age 45 for some applicants. It becomes even easier as applicants are 50 and even more so past the age of 60. Individuals who are 50 or older and who have an impairment that prevents them from performing anything but the easiest of jobs should apply for benefits.

Severity of Impairment

Another common misconception that a Cuyahoga Social Security disability lawyer may be able to clear up is how severe an impairment must be in order to qualify for benefits. Many individuals believe that applicants have to be bedridden to qualify for benefits. The Social Security Administration has a specific definition of “disabled.” This term means much more than someone simply being unable to work. A lawyer can assist applicants with applying for benefits and appealing the case to an administrative law judge.

The Evidence That Proves You Are Disabled

The Social Security Administration relies on key types of evidence to determine whether your disability meets their criteria and definition of “disabled.” There are four primary types of evidence used by the SSA, and it is important that claimants review these to ensure a favorable ruling. This video discusses these four key types of evidence. If you have further questions please contact a Cleveland disability attorney.

If you would like more information on the medical requirements necessary to receive benefits, contact John Paul Oreh at (216) 896-0935.

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