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Medical Requirements You Need For Social Security Disability Claims in Indiana

Indiana Disability Claim Advocates: Are you a resident of Indiana and severely ill? So much so that you can’t get up and go to work? You may be eligible for social security disability benefits. However, there are a few medical requirements that you need to check to qualify for your claims:

1. Is your condition preventing you from working?

Are you completely unable to work? That’s the first thing the Disability Determination Services of Indiana will check. Disability benefits only apply to people who are genuinely disabled. The Social Security office measures the applicant’s ability to work. They use a metric called Substantial Gainful Activity. To qualify in this metric, your work should require physical and mental activities. Also, you should get paid for that work.

2. Severity of your health condition

You need to prove your health condition is severe enough to keep you from working. According to the Social Security Administration, a severe condition qualifies if a person’s basic working ability like walking, sitting, standing, remembering, and lifting fail for a minimum of 12 months. Severe disabilities should prevent the applicant from performing primary work duties, such as speaking, hearing, carrying, standing, walking, responding to various work situations, and several other complications.

Another thing that you should keep in mind is that your disability should last for another 12 months from the date of applying. For example, if you have a car accident, your claim for disability may not pass because the injury will heal in a few months.

3. Does your health condition meet one of the impairments on the list?

Your health condition should ideally meet one of the impairments on the list prepared by the Social Security Administration. However, every impairment has certain criteria that you must meet. Just because your condition is on the list of impairments doesn’t mean you qualify automatically. Asthma, for example, is on the impairment list. But, everyone with asthma may not qualify for the benefits. The claims examiner will go through the medical records to approve if you are eligible.

If your health condition doesn’t come in the impairment list, you can still qualify, provided your condition is severe enough.

4. Proving your inability to work

You need substantial evidence to prove that you can’t do the work you previously did. Social security in Indiana will check your work history for a couple of reasons:

• To understand if you paid for Social Security system from your payroll taxes. This enables you to withdraw your disability insurance benefits.
• To determine if your present medical condition is preventing you from going back to your work.

5. Inability to work at any level

This is the last requirement. If you are unable to do any work, the Social Security Administration will find you eligible for disability benefits. But, you need to prove your inability. They will check your past work experience, transferable skills, education, age, and all your medical conditions.

If you pass these five stages, you will start getting your social security disability benefits soon.

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