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Understanding eligibility for Social Security disability benefits

Many disabled individuals and their families rely on disability benefits, which is why it is important to understand how to qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. To be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, the disabled individual must suffer from a physical or mental disability -- or a combination of a physical or mental disability. In addition, the physical or mental disability must be expected to last for 12 months or longer, or result in death.

Disabled individuals must also have sufficient work history to qualify for SSD benefits. Different options, including Supplemental Security Income benefits, may be available to disabled individuals who do not have sufficient work history but meet the medical requirements to receive disability benefits and are of limited means. Lastly, to qualify for SSD benefits, the physical or mental medical condition the disabled individual suffers from must render them unable to work in the disabled individual's current occupation or to transition to another occupation.

Disability refers to physical impairments, mental impairments, brain impairments, injuries, disease or other physical or mental medical conditions that impair the disabled individual's ability to work. Because proving a disability, as well as the SSD application and appeals processes, can all be complicated, it is important to understand how to document medical conditions to establish disability and inability to work.

The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits can be complex and may involve record keeping, documentation and the application and appeals processes. As a result, it can be helpful for disabled individuals to have guidance through the process.

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