Many Americans probably have the misguided belief that the Social Security Disability program is some kind of “hand-out” from the government. That is far from the truth. Yes, the government runs the program, but it is designed to help workers who, through illness or injury, are no longer able to perform their most recent employment responsibilities or work at a different meaningful and gainful job. People who have never worked are not eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.
But, there are other eligibility standards that must be met as well, beyond meeting the work-related criteria. You may have worked all your life but still be wondering, am I actually qualified to receive SSD benefits?
Besides the work requirements to qualify to receive SSD benefits, the other major eligibility hurdle is what, exactly, a “disability” is, as defined by Social Security Administration standards. In short, your health condition must be a “total” disability – you are, in almost every way, completely unable to hold gainful employment because of the disability. Furthermore, your disability must last or be expected to last for at least one year. Plainly stated, the disability in question must be severe.
At our law firm, we understand that workers in Ohio who have suffered a disabling condition are worried about how they will make ends meet for themselves and their families. But, this is the exact reason the Social Security Disability system is in place. For more information about how we attempt to help families in Ohio with these issues, please visit the Social Security Disability overview section of our law firm’s website.