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Understanding the SSD application process

On Behalf of | Oct 17, 2023 | Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability is a government program that provides support to individuals dealing with severe illnesses. There is a complex relationship between specific medical conditions and eligibility for SSD benefits.

One should understand the significance of strong medical evidence and the application process for those in need.

Eligibility criteria for SSD benefits

To qualify for SSD benefits, an individual must meet specific criteria, one of which is the presence of a severe and long-term disability. Severe disabilities often include chronic illnesses, mental health conditions and physical impairments. Furthermore, it must be a condition that typically lasts at least one year or results in death.

The role of medical evidence

Strong medical evidence is a critical component of a successful SSD application. The approval rate of SSD applications is about 33%. So,  applicants must provide thorough documentation of their medical condition. This evidence can include medical records, test results, physician statements and treatment history.

Common illnesses and SSD benefits

Certain illnesses are more commonly associated with SSD claims due to their chronic and debilitating nature. These include but are not limited to:

  • Cancer: Individuals with cancer often qualify for SSD benefits, especially if in the later stages.
  • Mental health disorders: Conditions like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression may be eligible for SSD benefits when they impair daily functioning.
  • Autoimmune diseases: Chronic autoimmune diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis may also meet the criteria for disability benefits.

The SSD application process

Applying for SSD benefits involves submitting an application to the Social Security Administration. Provide accurate and thorough information about the illness, its impact on daily life and evidence supporting the claim. The SSA reviews the application and medical evidence to determine eligibility.

Someone who may be eligible for benefits should be aware of the process of receiving Social Security Disability. If you or someone you know is dealing with a severe and long-term illness, seeking SSD benefits can provide much-needed financial support.