Disability requirements are in place to ensure individuals who suffer from medical conditions, illnesses or an injury that have left them chronically impaired, meet all the guidelines set in place by the Social Security Administration (SSA). In order to qualify for SSD benefits, an individual must meet all of the requirements by the SSA. Your case will be reviewed by the SSA in order to determine whether or not you qualify. The SSA will consider your disabled if you meet the following criteria:
- You are unable to do the work you did before your chronic impairment
- The SSA determines that your chronic impairment prevents you from adjusting to other work; and
- Your chronic impairment has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year
These strict guidelines are in place in order to ensure they are paying benefits only to individuals who are totally disabled. Those who are truly disabled are characterized as individuals who are unable to earn a living independently and require assistance in order to perform day-to-day activities. The SSA will also follow a guided process that will determine whether you meet all the requirements and are in fact disabled. An SSA representative will ask you the following five questions during the evaluation:
- Are you currently working?
- Can your condition be considered severe?
- Is your condition in the list of disabling conditions?
- Can you do the work you did before?
- Are you able to do any other type of work?
Once the assessment process has been completed and the SSA representative determines that you are truly disabled and you meet all the guidelines in place, your case will then be reviewed by the Disability Determination Services (DDS) in your Oklahoma town. This outfit will make the final decision and is responsible for determining the level of your disability and whether or not you are eligible to receive benefits. Because of how complicated this process is, it can be extremely helpful for you to enlist the services of an Oklahoma attorney at Atkins & Markoff.
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Attorneys at Atkins & Markoff represent individuals throughout Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, and the surrounding area. We have more than 100 years of combined experience working on a wide range of cases, including those involving issues of disability and social security benefits. If you or one of your family members has a chronic impairment that prevents you from working or performing daily tasks independently, you may be able to receive benefits from the Oklahoma social security office. We offer free consultation services and are committed to working with you closely to ensure you understand every step of the process. To get started with one of our Oklahoma City attorneys today, contact our office and see how we can help you receive the disability benefits you deserve! Our firm is here to walk you through the SSD process step by step. Contact Atkins & Markoff to discuss your case today.