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What Conditions Qualify for SSDI in Missouri?

The law defines disability as the incapacity to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) that can be expected to end in death or that has lasted or is expected to last for at least 12 months. 

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must first have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. Then you must have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. In general, we pay monthly benefits to people who are unable to work for a year or more because of a disability. 

Benefits usually continue until you are able to work again on a regular basis. There are also a number of special rules, called “work incentives,” that provide continued benefits and health care coverage to help you make the transition back to work. 


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    In Missouri, the majority of people are eligible for one or both of Social Security’s disability programs. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is based on income and resources, while Social Security Disability is based on insured status (individuals must have worked long enough to qualify). All of this may appear to be difficult, and it is to some extent. During your disability interview, however, a Social Security claims representative will go through the qualifications of both programs in detail. 

    What are the Main Missouri Disability Qualifications?

    What are the qualifications? How do I qualify for disability? Those are the big questions, right? Walk with me. 

    The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you meet three criteria: 

    • You are disabled, 
    • You have earned enough work credits through Social Security taxes, and 
    • As of the date you became disabled, you must have worked under Social Security at least five of the last 10 years. 

    In Missouri, if you can show that you meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability, you will be eligible for benefits and will win your disability case. You must demonstrate the following in order to meet the definition. 

    • You have at least one serious medical condition. 
    • That your medical condition has lasted, or will continue to last, a full year. 
    • That your medical condition prevents you from working and earning a substantial, gainful income. 

    Furthermore, there are two major conditions which you must show for you to be qualified for disability benefits in the state of Missouri. They include 

    • Work Information: Give precise details about the occupations you’ve held for the past 15 years while applying for disability. The examiner will look into your employment and the demands they posed, as well as if you are still capable of performing them. You must supply information such as, the job title, the dates you worked at each employment, clear explanations of what you performed at each position. 
    • Medical Information: When you apply, make sure to list all of your medical issues and how they affect you. Social Security will be searching for indicators that your medical condition, which might be physical, mental, or both, is limiting your ability to work. The more illnesses and symptoms you have, the more probable you are to have limitations that prevent you from working in any of your previous employment. 

    Lastly, it is always advisable not to lie in our disability application especially in a state like Missouri where there are strict conditions which must be followed to the latter.  

    There are also some general conditions for qualification for SSDI according to the act. This part is general and is applicable to all states and counties in the United States of America. 

    The Social Security Act provides benefits to disabled individuals under Title II (Disability Insurance Benefits) and Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income-SSI). 

    Under Title II there are three basic categories of individuals who can qualify for benefits on the basis of disability: 

    • A disabled insured worker under 65.  
    • A person disabled since childhood (before age 22) who is a dependent of a deceased insured parent or parent entitled to Title II disability or retirement benefits.  
    • A disabled widow or widower age 50-60 if the deceased spouse was insured under Social Security. 

    Having an attorney can greatly improve your chances of being approved for SSDI. Get a St. Louis disability attorney on your side today.

    Nothing posted on this website is intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice. Blog postings and site content are available for general education purposes only.
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