The criteria for determining eligibility for Social Security disability benefits are extremely strict and the Social Security Administration is reluctant to award such benefits even in the face of what you believe is compelling proof that you are, indeed, disabled. While private disability insurance may pay for short-term disability or partial disability, or provide benefits when you can't work at your regular job, Social Security does not. Under Social Security's eligibility rules, you must be completely unable to do any kind of substantial gainful work for which you are suited, and the disability must be expected to last for at least a year or result in death.

     If you believe you are disabled, you should promptly contact your local Social Security Office and submit an application for disability benefits. If you are denied benefits, you should contact an attorney immediately to preserve your rights.


Social Security Disability

Claim Procedure