When heading to work, many people will often think about the daily tasks that they will need to complete. Each one of these tasks requires different skills. Some activities may require workers to creatively think of new solutions to old problems, while other tasks may require more physical strength to accomplish.
However, some workers have injuries or illnesses that make it impossible for them to be able to complete these tasks. Because of their conditions, they are unable to work and make an income that allows them to make ends meet. Fortunately, some of these workers may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits.
These benefits are awarded by the Social Security Administration (SSA), the agency in charge of determining whether or not an individual is disabled and eligible to receive the SSDI payments. To be considered disabled, an individual must have a condition that will keep them from working for one year, or is expected to result in death.
The process for approving benefits can be quite timely and complicated. Once it is determined that an individual is disabled, the SSA will need to check the medical information that is included with the application for SSDI benefits.
Each condition will have specific criteria that are listed, and applicants must show that they are suffering the symptoms that each condition carries. The agency will examine each application and determine if the individual has sufficiently demonstrated that they are suffering from a disabling condition.
Often, these initial applications are denied by the SSA, and applicants must appeal. This can add extra time to a request for SSDI benefits, and could even result in additional appeals at later stages in the process.
Source: Social Security Administration, "Listing of Impairments"