S.S. Disability Library

Do I qualify for Social Security disability benefits?
According to Social Security laws, an adult is considered disabled if he/she is unable to engage in any substantial gainful work activity because of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that is expected to last for 12 continuous months or result in death.

A child under age 18 is considered disabled if he/she has a medically determinable physical or mental impairment or combination of impairments that causes marked and severe functional limitations and can be expected to result in death or has lasted, or can be expected to last, for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.

How to file for Social Security disability benefits
You can apply for SSDI or SSI benefits by calling SSA’s toll-free number (1-800-772-1213) or visiting a local Social Security office.

Social Security Administration representatives will be able to assist you in completing the application, and will review it to see if you are eligible to apply for disability benefits. If so, the Social Security office will forward your case record to the DDS.

Disabilities Covered by Social Security Administration

Back & Bone Problems
Arthritis & Joint Disorders
Respiratory Problems
Heart & Circulation Problems
Digestive Problems
Nervous System
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Parkinson’s Disease
Multi-System Problems
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Organ Transplants
Soft-Tissue Damage