Do I qualify for Social Security disability? Yes or No?

Q: I’m a 47 year old former plumber and my doctor has taken me off work. I have severe arthritis, joint damage, severe allergic reactions, vision issues, a back injury, neck injury, and knee injury. I have filed for unemployment because I need money to pay my bills. I don’t see the doctor regularly because they say there isn’t anything they can do for me.

A: Given your facts, you may have a tough time getting approved. You may qualify for Social Security disability benefits, but it will be a difficult case for several reasons.

Social Security and unemployment.

  • Social Security judges don’t like to approve people who have been on unemployment and applied for Social Security disability at the same time.
  • In Colorado, to apply for unemployment you have to certify that you are ready and able to work.
  • Social Security judges tend to feel that this contradicts your claim that you are disabled. Social Security is a total disability system – this means that when you are applying you are saying that you cannot work at all.

Most attorneys won’t take a case unless you are currently seeing a doctor on a regular basis.

With no medical evidence, we have nothing to argue from. Social Security cases must be supported by medical documentation for us to take them. Read about evidence needed to win a Social Security case.

It will be difficult to show that there is no work you can do without medical records to back that up.

  • Without good medical records you will have a difficult time proving that there is no work you can do. And that is what we have to show to win a Social Security disability case.
  • At your age (47), it’s not enough just to show that you can’t do the type of work you’ve done before. We have to eliminate all work.
  • You need to find out if your doctor is willing to say in writing that you can’t return to any type of work – even a desk job (sedentary work). Getting your doctor’s opinion will help you qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
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