Qualifications For Social Security Disability Insurance

It can be a harrowing experience waiting for the SSDI program to decide if you deserve benefits. Many people who apply for Social Security Disability Insurance will spend months, even years, wondering when their much-needed checks will arrive.

The experienced Tennessee SSDI attorneys at Wagner & Wagner understand what the SSDI board looks for when evaluating a candidate, and we know the intricacies of Social Security disability law. Remember, simply being disabled is often not enough to get you approved; you have to provide the necessary documentation and show the governmental program that you are without a doubt unable to work and eligible for benefits based on their specific qualifications.

  • First of all, your injury must fall under one of the SSDI injury types described by the administration.
  • In order to receive Social Security Disability benefits, a candidate must not only be unable to do his or her previous work but must also be unable to engage in other types of work.


  1. Is the applicant currently working?
  2. Is the injury severe, and does it interfere with work-related activities?
  3. Is the injury on the list of disabling impairments?
  4. Does the injury prevent you from doing any of the types of work you performed in the last 15 years?
  5. Are there any other types of work you might be able to engage in?

The interpretation of each claimant’s answers involves much more complex factors, as well as official documentation. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration determines qualification for SSDI benefits, please visit Social Security Online or talk to a skilled attorney.

Let our team help you file an SSDI claim or appeal in order to give you the best shot at an approval. To find out how you can best present your claim to the SSDI program and improve your chances of receiving benefits, please call or e-mail Wagner & Wagner today.