Social Security Disability Basics
What is Social Security Disability?
Social Security Disability is a social insurance program funded through payroll tax known as FICA. It is designed to provide income for individuals who are unable to work because a disabling condition does not allow them to work.
What is disability?
Disability, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA), is the "inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which 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."
Can I file for benefits myself?
Yes, anyone can file for benefits. However, statistics show less than 50% of individuals who apply on their own are approved for benefits. Those individuals using The Shaw Group see an over 96% approval rate.
How long is the approval process?
The approval process can take from 8 months (sometimes less but under extreme circumstances) to three years. On average most cases put forth by The Shaw Group take around one year.
Can I apply for Social Security Benefits if I have __________ ?
There is no uniform list of disabilities for which the SSA uses. However The Shaw Group has found individuals should apply if they suffer from ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, aids, anemia, angina, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, attention deficit disorder, autism, back pain, bipolar disorder or manic depression, bradycardia, bronchitis, cancer, cardiomyopathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, cerebral palsy, cfids, chest pain, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, cirrhosis, clinical obesity, congestive heart failure, congestive or chronic heart failure, coronary artery disease, crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, degenerative disc disease, depression, deep depression and other mood disorders, diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, disc herniation, dizziness, down syndrome, dysthymia, emphysema, epilepsy, esrd or end stage renal disease, fatigue, fibromyalgia, fms, gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease), head trauma, loss of hearing, heart attack, heart disease, heart problems, hepatitis, high blood pressure (hypertension), hip pain, broken hip, bad neck, hurt shoulder, twisted ankle, sprained wrist, back problems, and other joint problems, hiv, inflammatory bowel disease, inner ear problems, irritable bowel syndrome, joint dysfunction, failure of your kidney requiring dialysis and other renal problems, knee pain, learning disability, leg pain, liver disease, low back pain, low IQ, lung problems, lupus, lyme disease, manic depression, memory loss, mental problems, mental retardation, mild depression, mood disorder, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, neck pain, ocd, osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis of the knee and/or hip, pancreatitis, panic disorder, peripheral field problems, farsighted, nearsighted and other vision loss, peripheral vascular disease, personality disorder, reflux, rsd and reflex sympathetic dystrophy, rsi or repetitive stress injury, sarcoidosis, schizophrenia, seizure disorder, severe allergies, shortness of breath, sickle cell, sleep disorder, spinal stenosis, statutory blindness, stomach problems, stroke, tachycardia, hypothyroidism and other thyroid problems, standing, sitting, jumping and walking problems, type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, ulcerative colitis, vertigo or dizziness.