What Qualifies Me For Social Security Disability?

Want to know if you qualify for social security disability benefits? First, determine if you worked at a job that social security benefits cover. Then, determine if you experience any of the qualifying medical conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) outlines. Learn more below about social security benefits in North Carolina. 

What Are Social Security Benefits? 

Social security benefits are payments that you receive each month. The payment amount depends on your working history. Depending on your situation, your family members could also receive benefits. 

What Disabilities Does Social Security Disability Cover?

To qualify for social security disability benefits, you must meet the following prerequisites: 

  • You must not be currently working 
  • If you are working, you cannot exceed $1310 of monthly income
  • You must have a severe condition
  • Your severe condition must be listed in the SSA approved list
  • You no longer can complete your work
  • You cannot do any type of work

If you do not meet all of these requirements, you most likely are ineligible for social security disability benefits. 

The Social Security Administration website lists the following types of disabilities and health conditions as  qualifying conditions: 

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disorders 
  • Congenital Disorders
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Genitourinary Disorders
  • Hematological Disorders
  • Immune System Disorders
  • Mental Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Skin Disorders
  • Special Senses and Speech Disorders

You can find more information on the SSA website about which disorders fall within each category. 

What Is Social Security Disability Insurance? 

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is the program that administers your social security disability benefits. To qualify for the program, you need to work an eligible job and pay the required payments throughout your career. 

Can I Work While Collecting Social Security Disability? 

Yes, you can technically work while collecting social security disability benefits. The SSA has a program called Ticket To Work that potentially allows people to collect social security disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income. Visit the website for more info. 

However, you cannot exceed the monthly limit of $1,310 gross income. This means that you could most likely work a part time job if you work at all. If you exceed the $1,310, the SSA could freeze your benefits. 

Does North Carolina Tax Social Security Benefits? 

No, North Carolina does not consider social security benefits, including disability benefits, taxable income. This is excellent news for people who qualify for this benefit. 

The North Carolina Department of Revenue published instructions for people whose social security disability benefits were accidentally taxed. 

Raleigh North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers 

Are you planning to submit a social security disability application? Was your application rejected even though you believe you qualify? We’re here to help. Contact Lennon, Camak & Bertics Attorneys at Law today to see how we can help you claim the benefits you deserve.