Do I Qualify?

Submitted by Deanna on Fri, 10/23/2015 - 13:11

I was just wondering if i were to qualify for social Security. I have Cerebal Palsey and epilepsy seziures. I recently turned 18 and my parents said i was able to collect social security since i was diagnosis at the age of 3. But they never did because they were my parents. But now since im growing up i think it would really help me out. I'm the only one in my family to have a disability with sezuires and epilepsy seziures. This is all new to my parents and I so i would very much appreciate the help. Please and thank you!

-Kathryn

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 16:18 Permalink

Hi there,
You could qualify, but you will only be eligible for SSI benefits. This means that you will need to have a very low level of income and assets. You will also only be eligible for back pay from the point at which you apply onward, not since your diagnosis. If you do not have financial assistance from your parents, I would highly recommend applying!

Marjio (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:48 Permalink

I am 51+ years old. I have worked for the City of Monterey for the last 11 years (since 1999). Before that I worked in non governmental, city, county jobs. At one time I had the required 40 hours to receive disablity (that I paid into). Now that I'm on long term disablility I can't receive my SSD benefits because I haven't worked outside the city for over 10 years? This seems unfair and almost like a double dipping action by SS. What can I do to get my hours back? Buy them? Work 29 hours (except I'm on disablility). Kinda got be between a rock and a hard place. Does the 25 + years that I did work outside any municipality matter at all? I am confused. Marijo

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:48 Permalink

1998 First disc fusion 2003 2nd 2006 All C7 thru C2 are fused 2009 Hernian, bulge and rupture L4-5 S1-2? I was supposed to have surgery for the Lumbar as it causes not only back pain but often makes walking difficult as the pain radiates down my legs. I am a teacher. I have work each year I had surgery missing minimum day. However as degerneration and arthritis take over the already weak back some days I cannot function. The pain becomes so intense I must stay on ice in bed. I am 58 and was trying to make it until I could retire. I just bought a new house 3 years ago and cannot sell it for what I paid. Could I qualify for disability and get some financial help?

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:48 Permalink

To Anonymous, I also have Degenerative disc disease, hurniated disc at L4 And L5. Also have asthma Along with Deppression and Anxiety! I Can not say for sure if you would qualify For Social Security Disibility or SSI. But it does not hurt to try, I Filed in 2009, Was denied, then in early 2010 I reapplied was denied again, Filed for reconsideration and that where I amright now.It is a very time consuming challenge. But if you have your doctors behind you and you do alot of the leg work yourself ,as in getting copies of all you files from all the doctors that you have seen and copies of all MRI s and exrays and all tests that you have had done and you submit them to social security it will help them out alot. I learned this the first time I applied. With what I read in your post you have a lot of issues. I say go for it. If you do decide to apply keep us posted. Good luck!!!

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:48 Permalink

Do I qualify even though I worked since I was a lil kid with my dad and he was so proud of me when he saw what me and my friend did to my first Cadillac I went to get lunch and that son of a bitch ( friend ) cut my new 1966 Cadillac in half and then we decidided to stretch it out longer and we did this and must of used 666 gallons of bondo and when I was driving it the car cracked apart causing me a big brain tumor and loss of my memory and still trying to make something different know and thought I'd make busses for the county cause lots of friends work there and use fast track and would I qualify even if I'm from a billion dollar family and always eat with a gold spoon since I was born .

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:49 Permalink

I am at present out of work on FMLA. I was told by my company that they could not meet the accomadations needed by my self to continue working (cannot lift over 10lbs). I was put on leave and told they would have to have a meeting to determine if the company was able to accomadate me..I got a phone call approx two weeks later saying my FMLA was approved and that they could not meet my restrictions but they would leave me on FMLA,(in case things changed)and then "we" would go from there. I think they dont want to pay me unemployment. I just read that I could quit my job,and that is because (thru no fault of my own )I would be able to draw my unemployment,because the company could not meet my dr.s orders. DOES anyone know.. Can the company keep me on FMLA when they know they arent taking me back? How many quarters you have to work to be eligable to draw? thanks

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:49 Permalink

'm needing some answers before I can understand what may apply to me. I am 50 years old and have worked since I was 15. I have Degenerative Disc Disease with complications, and also have allergies to many of the medicines that might be able to help me, so I cannot take them, including some antibiotics they typically give when doing invasive surgical procedures. I have debilitating migraine headaches, cervicogenic headaches and muscular pain in my neck, shoulders, back, and head. I have had numerous nerve blocks and RF nerve-cutting procedures in the C2-C6 area, finally culminating in one anterior foraminectomy and fusion in front and a separate posterior procedure for fusion (including screws, wiring, and cadaver bone, etc.) placed in my neck to fuse those areas from the back. I also have had a similar problem at L4-L5 and have had two invasive surgeries there, eventually culminating in L4-L5 fusion held together with screws. I have arthritis in my hips, making it difficult to walk, and neuropathic pain radiating down my right leg to my foot, which feels ice cold or is in pain 24/7. I constantly drop things and can't pick up anything over about 6 pounds without pain. The doctors have said not to pick up anything more than 10 pounds. I have also recently developed even lower (sacral) back pain with remains undiagnosed. I am doing physical therapy to see if that will help the lumbar pain as well as the neuropathic pain. I require narcotics, anti-nausea meds, sleep-aids, and allergy meds to go day to day. My doctors have also dx depression (common with chronic pain) and prescribed fibromyalgia meds to see that would help. I have not yet been taken off the payroll at work, but I have not worked since 2008. I am a marine biologist/oceanographer, but have not been able to work in that field for some time, nor am I able to concentrate well to try to do computer work. I cannot stand, sit, or lie in any one position for very long as they all hurt. Working at the computer becomes excruciating no matter how I try to sit, what computer I use, or what type of mouse or trackball I use. The medications make it difficult to concentrate on typing or other fine motor skills, and I hurt too much when I try to do dishes or clean the house, for example. My ?'s are these: Would I likely qualify for disability? Should the company remove me fro their payroll prior to my applying since it makes it appear I have been working when in fact I have just had unbelievable support from my Mom-and Pop-owned company? Does my husband's salary or do any of our assetts (retirement funds, educational funds for kids, etc.) come into play for disability? I live in Alaska and I believe there is no state disability plan here. Is that correct, or does it not matter? The company's insurance has been a Godsend, but it doesn't actually cover more than 55% of in-network providers. There are very few preferred providers here in ALaska for some disciplines, including neurosurgery. Should I attempt to get AARP or other private insurance and if I do, will that affect eligibility for disability or the amount that I might earn through disability? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:49 Permalink

I was on SSD roughly 9 years ago for depression, migraines, and addiction to pain killers. After about 5 years on SSD the migraines and depression ceased up and I addressed my addiction and got sober - have been sober ever since. My overall health improved so much, and even though the migraines never completely went away, they were so much more improved and treatable, livable, as was my depression, and since I was no longer addicted to pain pills, I got off of SSD and returned to the work force. It felt like the right thing to do. About 5 years ago the damn migraines came back with a vengence. They were not only stronger, but much harder to treat, and, to my disappointment, turned into some type of atypical type headache that became chronic immediately. I just kept thinking surely this will go away. I was enjoying my new life, making money, really "living"...but now the "suffering" was back and I was living a nightmare. Before long the depression returned, but luckily I recognized it right away and sought help and began taking antidepressants again. I have run the gauntlent all over again - seen 2 neurologists for the migraines and have tried a slew of different treatments, including non-traditional and Eastern medicine, I've quit smoking and changed my diet, I've followed every order from the docs & seen other specialists like an ENT and ...had scans, mris...the works....and just kept thinking surely this will go away. I am on 2 prophylactic meds for the migraines, 1 antideprssant and several rescue meds for pain, and the costs are eating up my money. I'm only working 3 days a week now. After 5 years, suffering, disappointment, and trying like hell to be "normal" suffering through chronic pain, missing work, and hurting like hell both physically & mentally, I would like to know 1.) Would my previous SSD status help in any way put me on a fast track for benefits? or 2.) Would I need to start the process from scratch? It was such a long and grueling process - I went bankrupt and in the 18 months it took to receive benefits it also made my depression worse. I'm suffering and don't know what to do. Can you give me some assistance? Guidance? Suggestions? Thank you.

Lynda Bidelspach (not verified)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 17:23 Permalink

I have been on ssdi for over 5 years now. I am 57. I have multiple Sclerosis, cervical dystonia, severe migranes and ishemetric strokes, I have severe degenerative disc and joint disease as well as two surgeries on my spine. One lower Fusion with cage and rods, one upper cervical dissectomy with plates. Now I have severe stenosis and forenuraminal narrowing and loss of spinal fluid in my cervical again. I have had Severe depression,anxiety and ptsd for most my life.I have CAD which two years ago I had a cardiac infarction. I hve many lesions on my brain now from M.S. excaberations. I am always in pain spine, legs,migranes, numbing of limbs. Extreme fatigue and memory loss. I have been on Medicaid for my medical insurance. I am struggling with financial hardship as I have not been able to work for over 7 years. My daughter just turned 18. I was getting some money for child support along with 733.00 a month ssdi payments. This barely kept us both alive. I now rely on one income ssdi. My daughter is a honor student senior in High School. Graduation date June 10th 2017. I would like to know why I am not on Medicare? What options do I hve to help me financialy with rent, bills,groceries? I need help

Bryan

In reply to by Lynda Bidelspach (not verified)

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 09:26 Permalink

Hi Lynda,
I'm sorry to hear about that! You may not be enrolled in Medicare because you may be ineligible to do so. It may be a good idea to contact social services in your state, they may be able to help you with insurance.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:50 Permalink

IM NOT SURE ABOUT THE DISABILITY CLAIM,, IM IN THE PROCESS AS WELL. BUT I DO KNOW OF A BLOOD TEST YOU SHOULD GET DUE TO THE SYMPTOMS YOU HAVE, ITS CALLED: MTHFR DNA ANALYSIS (MUTATION)...ITS A GENETIC BLOOD DISORDER. NOT MANY DOCTORS ARE FIMILIAR WITH IT. I AM 29YRS OLD, AND HAVE BEEN SUFFERING WITH MANY MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ISSUES ALL MY LIFE AND RECENTLY I HAD A DOCTOR ORDER ME THIS TEST AND IT CAME BACK POSITIVE. SO I READ UP ON IT AND IT CAUSES ALL OF THE SYMPTOMS I HAVE..IT CAN BE FATAL DUE TO BLOOD CLOTS..

Tracey (not verified)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 13:45 Permalink

I am 42 and suffered from many symptoms trough the years, but after the drs determining I had a serious hormonal imbalance they then tested m for the MTHFR gene mutation and I was also positive but for both the C & the A. I cannot gun tion mist days fully... The doctor told me my bodily functional capacity overall is about 50% compared to a normal person without the mutations. I am wondering if it is k own to qualify for disability? My significant other of nearly 15 yrs is basically kicking me and my daughter out of his house now saying I am not his wife and it isn't his responsibility to take care of me. I need help, but font even know where to begin because I am in such a fog most days. I cannot afford all of yr pharmaceutical grade vitamins and minerals ir the testosterone therapy they say I need to feel better because insurance doesn't. Over any of them. I'm a very smart and capable lady when I am able to function. This has debilitated me and now the stress of everything else i feel I could have a stroke every other day.

Bryan

In reply to by Tracey (not verified)

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 17:05 Permalink

Hi Tracey,
I'm sorry to hear about that! You may be able to qualify for benefits based on your condition, but many people who qualify are denied the first time they submit their application. It may be a good idea to contact a disability advocate or attorney, they can help maximize your chances of being approved. We can have one reach out to you if you fill out the form on the left or you can also fill it out here:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/form/free-disability-evaluation

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:50 Permalink

I have been suffering with a bad knee for about 6 years and have recently been told I need a total knee replacement. I am in excruciating pain with any walking, stairs, ramps. I am very afraid of surgery as I had a surgery back in 2001(?) and almost died, I had a pulmonary embolis. I also have a birth disability (adhesive capsulitis of shoulder, contracture of forearm joint, injury to axillary nerve) which allows me to type with only one hand. In addition I have neck pain due to a car accident injury (1994?) for which I had a protruding disc in my neck...surgery in 1996 for a fusion using cadaver bone. I've kind of learned to live with the neck pain...it is always there, but my knee is getting progressively worse. Would I be refused SSI because I could have surgery even though I had many complications and almost died after my last surgery in 2001? I am considered a higher risk because of this as well as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Molly C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:51 Permalink

Hello! The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers someone to be disabled if, among other factors, their condition prohibits them from performing Substantial Gainful Activity. Substantial Gainful Activity is tied to a monthly limit of income you are allowed to earn while receiving (or in your case applying for) disability benefits.
Currently, the monthly limit is $1,010.00 before taxes. If you are capable of earning more than this each month, the SSA will not consider you to be disabled and you will be denied benefits. As long as your income does not exceed $1,010.00 a month, you are allowed to work. However, I strongly advise you to speak with your local Social Security office before doing any type of work. They will be able to explain the different regulations and make sure you aren't doing anything to compromise your disability claim.
It is advisable to consult a Social Security Disability attorney as well. He or she may tell you that working might diminish the credibility of your claim. Disability benefits are awarded to individuals who are truly unable to work. If you perform work during the application process, it may appear as if you have no need for disability benefits as you have demonstrated your ability to work. Before taking any action, speak to a professional about the specifics of your claim. I hope I was able to help and I wish you the best of luck!

Shelia (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:51 Permalink

would i qualify for ssd for these two diseases that affects me from working. I would love too work but the depression stops me due anxiety, cant be around people i feel totally like they are talking about me i guess u could call it being paranoid.

Molly C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:51 Permalink

Sheila, I'm sorry to hear about your conditions. To qualify for disability benefits with depression you must meet certain criteria. You can see if you meet those criteria here: Applying for Social Security Disability with Depression. You can read more about applying with a herniated disc here: Applying for Social Security Disability with Degenerative Disc Disease. Once you determine whether or not you meet the criteria, I suggest you contact a Social Security Disability attorney. He or she will be able to guide you through the application process.

Carolyn (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:51 Permalink

I am 56 yrs of age I am wandering if I can apply for benefits since I am having so much trouble with my back. I am going to the Drs 2 times a week for treatments for the pain. Found out last yr when doctoring that I was born with Spina Bifada.. Feet are deformed and I wear othoridics and have weakness in the legs... I need to work but there is nothing out there I can do with the problems I am having..do you think I should even consider this? Thanks

Clarke (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:52 Permalink

Carolyn,
I'm sorry to hear about the pain your condition is causing you. From what you have described, it sounds as if you have a good chance of being approved for disability benefits. I suggest you check out these pages on back pain before applying. If you feel you meet the criteria, you may want to contact a Social Security Disability attorney. He or she will help you collect the proper medical evidence and will advise you on the best way to go about getting benefits.
It is important to note that you should continue your medical treatment during the application process. Keep track of all medical records and keep your doctor or doctors informed about your disability claim at all times. A knowledgeable attorney and an honest, thorough application should help you get the benefits you need.
I wish you the best of luck with your claim.

Keith (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:53 Permalink

Can i get disability because I have a serious bounion, which makes it very difficult to walk. I have not been able to work since 2005.

Molly (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:53 Permalink

Hi Keith,
Unfortunately bunions are not listed in the Social Security Administration blue book. However, this doesn't mean that you won't be approved for disability benefits. If you meet the following requirements, you may qualify under a different listing.
You cannot do work that you did before;
You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
If you believe that you meet these qualifications, I suggest you contact a Social Security disability attorney. He or she will help you determine what listing you may qualify under. Good luck!

Chris Doyle (not verified)

In reply to by Molly (not verified)

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 15:47 Permalink

You really need to point out the diffeence between SSDI and SSI,Most people are confused.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:53 Permalink

i was diagnosed with ADHD at 6 and Bipolar a couple of years after. they both make it very difficult to work. I also have a three year old little girl who has a PFO heart mum-or and was 9 weeks premature. Do I qualify for disability benefits? or my daughter?

Molly (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:53 Permalink

Hello, to qualify with ADHD there are certain criteria you must meet. These are as follows:
You must have these three symptoms:
Marked inattention; and
Marked impulsiveness; and
Marked hyperactivity.
As well as at least two of the following conditions:
Marked impairment in age-appropriate cognitive/communication function; and/or
Marked impairment in age-appropriate social functioning; and/or Marked impairment in age-appropriate personal functioning.
It is a little more difficult to identify the qualifying criteria for bipolar disorder because the condition affects people differently. To read more about how to qualify with bipolar disorder, see this page.
Chances are, if your conditions truly make it impossible for you to work, you will qualify for disability benefits. It is advisable to seek the assistance of a Social Security disability attorney to discuss exactly what you need to present your claim successfully.
If you wish to seek disability benefits for your daughter, you would apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To qualify, your daughter's symptoms would have to severely limit her ability to perform every day activities and her condition must last 12 months or result in death. On top of that, because SSI is a needs based program, you would have to qualify financially.
I hope I was able to help. If you have additional questions, I suggest you talk to a Social Security Disability attorney. Good luck!

Brent (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:53 Permalink

I was diagnosed with a severe case of hypertension, osteoarthritis, and obesity. I have had arthoscopy in both knees and was told that eventually will need knee replacements. Due to some of the meds I have increased in weight rapidly and I have come to find out it is the beta blockers that I need that contribute to my not being able to lose the weight with normal exercise. The bad part of this is I can not exert myself or my blood pressure rises and makes me ill to the point of passing out or near to having a stroke. My doctor has recommended that I think about bariatrics and the lap band. with all that said i am curious to know if I qualify for ssi?

Bethanny (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:53 Permalink

I have had Essential Tremors since I was approximately 9 years old. I have had brain surgery x2 for this which has helped, but I still have difficulty with ADL's, etc. ON top of that I have a pinched nerve in my from an auto accident 20+ years ago that still causes me pain and migraines.........just not sure if I would qualify. PS., my tremors even though I have had surgery, continue to progress in severity.

Javier (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:54 Permalink

Do I qualify for social security benefits being an Epileptic?

Igg (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:54 Permalink

Hi Javier, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits if you're epileptic. You will just need to prove to the SSA that your seizures occur at least once per week despite any prescribed treatments from your doctor, along with other medical documents and descriptions. To learn more about being eligible for disability benefits with epilepsy, visit Epilepsy and Social Security Disability to find out if you'd qualify

Lucy (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:54 Permalink

Hi. I am 61 years old, take pain med for arthritis, anti-inflammatory, plus medication for depression. I have taken meds for these conditions since I was in my teens and onward. I applied once and was denied because I was 'too young' at 40. I presently work, but the stress and physical pain are taking their toll on me, my right hand hurts even taking vicodin several times daily. I have some savings but need income to pay rent and food as it takes so long for the judges to do anything. I am scared I will end up falling thru the cracks or homeless or dead. What do people like me do?

Igg (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:54 Permalink

Hi Lucy, thank you for your question and i'm sorry to hear about your situation. I would suggest applying for SSI. Your condition would need to be considered disabling according to the SSA, and you also need to meet the asset and income requirements.
Individual - must not own more than $2,000 in assets excluding the home and one vehicle with market value of $4,500 or less.
Couple - must not own more than $3,000 in assets excluding the home and one vehicle with market value of $4,500 or less.
You can learn more about SSI and the qualification requirements at our Qualify for SSI page. Also, if you'd like a free consultation with an attorney about your specific case fill our the Free Evaluation form.

Byron (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:55 Permalink

will ssn benefits be taken away for felony dui? If so, for how long?

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:55 Permalink

Hi Byron, As far as I know, your benefits will not decrease due to a DUI, but if you spend an extended amount of time in jail, you will lose your benefits. If you're in jail for more than 30 days you will have to re-apply for SSI/SSDI benefits.

Pamela (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:55 Permalink

I have been going through menopause and trying to work not sure if the hot flashes and mood swings could be considered a disability. I got fired and don't seem to be eligible for unemployment benefits I am 55 and have no source of income.

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:55 Permalink

Hi Pamela,
Menopause will not qualify you for benefits. You can read more about how to qualify, but unless you have additional ailments I would say that you will not be able to receive SSI or SSDI benefits.

Naydenne (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:56 Permalink

I tore my meniscus in my left knee at work and Osteoarthritis has developed as well in that knee. I had knee surgery on the injured knee to repair the meniscus and it improved but I still have increasing Osteoarthritis and left knee pain when working to long and hard on my regular job. I have to wear an ace bandage and I have been diagnosed with degenerative arthritis. I am also going to see a gastrointestinal doctor due to acid reflux due to bowel, eating and swallowing can cause some coughing if not careful with eating, burning in my throat and loss of appetite. I have had an IME and was diagnosed as a 2% left lower extremity impairment. I am working fulltime on a very strenuous job physically and my left knee feels like it is becoming more and more degenerative arthritis all the time. Am I an eligible candidate for SSDI benefits and how much could I get if I am eligible? I am 59 years old. I will be 60 in July of 2015.

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:56 Permalink

Hi Nadynne,
For your osteoarthritis to qualify you for SSDI in your knee, you would need to be unable to walk without the use of a walker, crutches, etc. You would also need to be unable to climb more than a couple of stairs without a handrail. At your current age, your full retirement age is 66, but you may begin receiving benefits as early as age 62. So you may wait two years to retire, or you can consider taking our Free Disability Evaluation to see if you may qualify for disability benefits.

Sam (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:56 Permalink

I had surgery on my left knee and after six months I can't walk normal or do anything at school. The pain is horrible and I can't deal with it anymore.. The doctor said surgery again to take out the scar tissue. Would I be able to clam SSI? I'M only 18

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:56 Permalink

Hi Sam, Unless your ability to walk will be severely disabled for the next year, I do not think that knee surgery will qualify you. You may be able to qualify if you require two crutches or a walker for the rest of your life, and if you're unable to go up stairs without a handrail.

Miranda (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:56 Permalink

Can I get ssi for schizo affective disorder and type 2 diabetes?

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:56 Permalink

Hi Miranda, Both schizoaffective disorder and diabetes can qualify you for SSI, depending on how much the disorders affect your life. You'll need to have strong support from doctors and/or therapists saying that you'll be unable to perform any form of gainful activity due to your disabilities. Feel free to read more about diabetes and mental disorders on our site.

Jerry (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:57 Permalink

I'm 46,diabetic and both hips replaced,,,would I qualify for disability ???

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:57 Permalink

Hi Jerry,
I am so sorry to hear that you'll need such major surgery! Hip replacement doesn't usually qualify you for SSDI benefits, but since you're getting both hips replaced, I believe your case is different. Feel free to read more about hip replacement and SSD benefits here.
I think you'd have a good shot at qualifying due to your lack of mobility. If you have any interest in speaking with an attorney about your claim, you can take our Free Disability Evaluation.
An attorney can boost your chances of winning the claim to up to 90%, so if you do decide to file for disability, keep the option in mind! Attorneys are also free if you lose your case, so don't worry about expenses. If you win, they typically receive 25% of your back pay.

Max (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:57 Permalink

I don't know where to start, cluster headaches, bi polar, hearing aid for both ears,constant ringing, had a suirgery on neck, not sure what they fixed,but it still isn't rite,lower back messed up disc. need another surgery,depressed ,I have had panic attacks 3 ,I eat potato chips and dip every day because if I can get to store I get overwhelmed. I left my job over 2 years ago,last 2 months I worked I couldn't fi;l out time sheets and expense reports so I didn't get paid.i Havnt gotten Pycheck in years. I AM LIVING Behind a bar I was cleaning bar for a meal I was making 60,000 to 100,000 a year, lost my health ins. got a dwi and wasnmt even drinking, the medication the doctors hD ME On blacked me out I guess. went to jIL ON MONDAY NIGHT relized I was in jail on Thursday.was in jail 10 or 15 days on MISDMEANER dwi ,only one I ever had. bec ause I couldn't remember any phone numb er to call. tey took me off whatever I WAS ON and put me on what they thought I should be on, I never got clean cloths the whole time I wAS THERE, couldn't hear most talk. I was given a year prob ation and forgot about it. so now I have warrents. as u can c my thinking is all over the place. I want tpo get back TO WORK I worried about the cluster headaches starting more.how can I get sopme help do I qualify for help, I have a problem even asking, because of not sujre. I have always worked for 30 years I still think I can go back to work

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:57 Permalink

Hi Max,
I am sorry to hear about all of your recent troubles. If you'd like to try working but still need to receive disability benefits, you can attempt a work trial. To qualify for a work trial, you'll need to be approved for SSDI benefits. If you aren't sure if you can qualify, you can take our Free Disability Evaluation to speak with an attorney in your area. Good luck.

Kris (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:58 Permalink

I am receiving sad benefits and from that my son whose 16 is getting a small amount also. My question is, my son has chronic migraines can he qualify for disability or would it not make a difference being he's getting something from me?

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:58 Permalink

Hi Kris,
I would recommend at least applying for your son if his disabilities are severe enough to impact his life in such a way that he cannot work. This is because he will be cut off of your benefits after he turns 18, but if he is found disabled before age 22, he will still be able to receive benefits from you as an "Adult Child." Migraines are difficult to prove disability, but you can read more about them here: http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/disabling-conditions/chronic-mi…

Pamela (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:58 Permalink

I had a bone removed in my foot. After therapy I went back to work but I have pain everyday because my job I have to do a lot of walking. At this point the pain is making me depressed.

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:58 Permalink

Hi Pamela,
It's possible that you could get disability benefits. Because a disability like this is not listed in the SSA's blue book, which is the medical guide the SSA uses to evaluate all disabilities, so you will need to prove how your foot pain keeps you from preforming all kinds of gainful activity. If at your current job you do a lot of walking but it's possible for you to have a different job that fits your skill set but does not have as much walking, you could potentially not qualify for benefits. Be sure to be very thorough when you describe your symptoms and pain in your disability application.

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Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:58 Permalink

I'm a 51 year old woman and have been a homemaker my whole adult life. I have several disabilities both physical and mental which prevents me from being able to work. Do I qualify? My husband earns a very good living but has total control of our finances?

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