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  5. Non-Medical Disability Criteria

Non-Medical Disability Criteria

SSD benefits are established by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and may assist you financially if you have been considered disabled and are unable to work. The SSA bases the majority of its determination of your eligibility for SSD benefits on medical and mental health evidence submitted by your doctors.

However, other information is available, such as your age, employment history, and the amount of money you have paid in FICA payments. This additional information, referred to as your “non-medical disability criteria,” is supplied by both you and your employers.

When verifying your age, a copy of your birth certificate is required. It is critical in establishing the length of time you had to work prior to becoming medically disabled in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Additionally, the SSA will review your job history. This will assist in determining the type of work you have previously performed and determining whether any of this activity is reasonably expected of you given your impairment. This also applies to your SSDI coverage, as your employment history will reveal all the money paid towards your FICA premiums, which are deducted from your paycheck automatically to support your SSDI.

If applicable, the SSA will also consider your marital status. If you are married, your spouse’s income may have an effect on your eligibility for SSD benefits.

Seeking the assistance of a disability advocate or a lawyer who specializes in SSD benefits to assist you in preparing your application and the necessary documents to submit to the Social Security Administration could be a vital role in making sure your application doesn’t get denied.