Social Security Disability Requirements


After an accident or illness, bills and other expenses will continue to add up for you and your family. If you are unable to work due to an accident or illness, call the attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers in northern California for help. You may be entitled to recover Social Security Disability benefits that can help you afford your bills, food costs, and related expenses while you recover.

Sometimes referred to as SSD or SSDI, Social Security Disability is a federal program which is administrated by the State of California. It is intended to help individuals and their families offset the financial burdens associated with an injury or illness. Individuals applying for Social Security Disability do not need to prove fault or liability against a defendant, and they can still obtain benefits even if they were partially at fault for their disabling injury or illness.

However, an individual applying for Social Security Disability must be eligible for benefits. Indeed, not all individuals who suffer a disability may be eligible. In order to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, an individual must:

One, have a sufficient work history with jobs covered by Social Security. This means that an individual must have been paying Social Security taxes for a set period of time based on their age.

Two, have a medical condition that meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability. Generally, this disability must be one which is expected to last for at least one year and will prevent you from working.

Although these requirements appear clear, the overwhelming majority of initial applications for Social Security Disability will be denied. There are many reasons for this, including insufficient proof or non-qualifying work histories or disabilities. Individuals who are denied can appeal, but an untimely appeal or a denied appeal can result in an individual not receiving benefits – even when he or she may be eligible.

Instead of trying to navigate the complex matrix of federal rules, contact the experienced Social Security Disability attorneys in northern California at Berg Injury Lawyers to learn more about how they can help you by dialing 866-928-4640 for a FREE consultation. Or reach out to us through our website at