What Is Disability For SSDI?

The aftermath of injuries or illnesses brings many concerns and worries. One of the chief worries involves disability benefits: What types of disabilities qualify for SSDI?

This is a serious question because qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits might be your only hope of managing financially during a time of disability. Our New York SSDI lawyers have decades of experience. We can help you determine whether your disability will qualify you for benefits, help you apply for benefits, and help you through all of the hearings and appeals necessary to get you the benefits you need.

From our Schenectady office, Silverman, Silverman & Seligman, P.C., serves clients in Albany, Schenectady, Troy and the Capital District of New York. From the very beginning of this firm, we have focused our legal practice exclusively on helping injured workers obtain benefits. We can help you.

New York Disability Requirements ∙ SSDI Disability Definition

The Social Security Administration (SSA) — the government agency that runs the SSDI program — requires that an applicant be "disabled" to receive benefits. The agency has a strict definition of "disability" that requires an inability to work for a significant length of time:

  • Inability to work: It is important to note that the inability to do the job you used to do is not enough to be considered unable to work. You need to be unable to engage in any "substantial gainful activity" to be eligible. Basically, you need to be unable to do any type of job that could bring you a reasonable income.
  • For at least a year: SSDI benefits are reserved for more long-term injuries and illnesses, so it is necessary for the injury or illness to last for at least 12 months. If your injury or illness has already lasted a year, is expected to last a year or is expected to result in death, you should qualify for benefits.

Many physical and mental disability impairments can meet the definition of disability, including neck and back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, cancer, cardiovascular problems, post-traumatic stress disorder and clinical depression.

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We serve clients in all upstate Capital District counties. If you have experienced a work-related injury, you can talk with one of our experienced lawyers. Call 518-631-4521 or contact us online for a free initial consultation with a New York work injury compensation attorney.