Answering Your Questions About Social Security Disability

If you cannot work due to a disability or medical condition, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The attorneys at Pope Law Firm, PLLC, have helped numerous clients throughout the Buffalo area navigate the complicated application and appeals process. Below, our lawyers answered several SSD FAQs about eligibility and the application process.

To have your SSD questions answered during a free consultation, call 716-634-3320.

Who Is Eligible For SSD Benefits?

Eligibility and qualification requirements for SSD benefits differ. You may be eligible to receive SSD benefits if you were employed at a job covered under the Social Security Act provisions for a long enough time. Generally, you need to have worked for at least five out of the last ten years. To qualify for SSD benefits, you must be unable to perform work for a minimum of one year or until your death due to a medically determinable mental or physical impairment.

What Conditions Qualify?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) lists qualifying physical and medical conditions in an impairment manual commonly referred to as "the blue book." Conditions are divided into categories based on the bodily system and include:

  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Speech and sensory issues
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Digestive illnesses
  • Blood disorders
  • Immune system disorders and diseases
  • Neurological disorders
  • Mental health conditions

How Long Does The Disability Application Process Take?

The SSA takes 30-90 days to review an initial application. If the SSA denies the application you have 65 days to file a request for a reconsideration. The SSA will again take 30-90 days to review your application and decide to approve or deny your request. Your medical condition and the supporting documents you provide will impact the processing time of your application. If your disability application is denied and you wish to appeal, the process will take longer.

Contact Us To Discuss Your SSD Case

To learn more about SSD eligibility, please reach us online or call 716-634-3320 to schedule an appointment at one of our four western New York locations.