Sometimes the basics of receiving Social Security Disability benefits can be the most confusing aspect of the entire process. Obviously, the requirements must be met. But before moving forward with a claim for SSD benefits, there are certain questions that will be asked by the SSA when making the determination. Knowing what they are and how to prove that the SSD benefits are warranted is key to the entire application.
The employment status will be important. If the applicant is working and earns more than a certain amount per month, the SSA will not view the person as disabled. The amount changes on an annual basis. For those who are not working or earn the current amount the SSA uses or less, the application will move on to the next step: whether the medical condition is considered "severe." The medical condition must be a significant impediment to being able to perform basic activities related to work. These include being able to stand, sit, lift, walk and remember for a minimum of 12 months. If this is not met, there will not be an approval for benefits.