Whether you live in Indiana or another state, the eligibility requirements for Social Security disability are the same. Social Security disability is a federal program that consists of two types of benefits: SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance). Because taxes fund SSDI, to qualify, you must have an adequate work history. If your work history is nonexistent or limited, then you may qualify for SSI.
Unable to work
To receive Social Security disability benefits, you must have to miss work for a minimum of a year. If you cannot work in your most recent profession, but you are able to work at another job, then you wouldn’t qualify under the SSA’s rules. The time you have already spent out of work because of your health issue counts toward this one-year requirement.
Medical experts must determine that your health condition makes it impossible for you to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). You could use information from your doctor to support your claim. The Social Security Administration may also consult its own medical experts.
Physical or mental disability
You could receive Social Security disability benefits for a mental disability, not just for a physical condition. Some people who have a mental health condition may be unable to maintain substantial gainful activity.
The SSA doesn’t accept statements alone about a person’s disability. It needs to see medical evidence from clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests, and the agency also needs to approve of the diagnostic techniques.
Social Security disability has several eligibility requirements designed to determine if someone is unable to work within a year and is, thus, able to receive benefits. Whether you have a crippling mental health condition or a physical ailment that prevents you from earning enough money to support yourself, you may be able to obtain Social Security disability benefits.