Alabama Disability Attorney How to Qualify for Disability Benefits

If you live anywhere in Shelby County, Jefferson County, Bibb County, Blount County, St. Clair or anywhere in Central Alabama* and you have recently been denied Social Security Disability benefits or SSI benefits, don't give up. Contact an Alabama Disability Lawyer.

In order to be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits in Alabama, you must meet the Social Security Administration's definition of being disabled. In making this determination, the Social Security Administration follows a five step sequential evaluation process in order; if the Administration determines that you are not disabled at the end of the first step, their evaluation will continue to the next step of the evaluation process until it has been determined that you are either disabled or not. We will be discussing this process in the next few blogs.

At Step One, the Administration must determine whether you are engaging in "substantial gainful activity." Substantial gainful activity is work activity that brings in over a certain dollar amount per month. In 2011, that amount is $1,000.00 for non blind applicants and $1,640.00 for blind applicants-which is not much to try to live on. The Administration does not include any income you received from non-work sources, such as pensions, retirement plans, investment income or monetary gifts. Work which is sheltered may not be considered as work income depending on the circumstances.

If you are found to have engaged in substantial gainful activity, then you are not entitled to disability benefits regardless of how severe your impairment(s) may be. If you have not engaged in substantial gainful activity, then the Social Security Administration will move to the next step in the evaluation process.

If you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits in Alabama, but you believe that you meet the legal definition of disabled, don't give up. Call Powell and Denny today.

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The Alabama Disability Lawyers at Powell and Denny have successfully represented disabled Alabamians from Birmingham, Bessemer, Fairfield, Hueytown, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Guntersville, Talladega, Leeds, Alabaster, Pell City, Montevallo, Centreville, Pinson, Tarrant, Jasper, Cordova, Trussville, Center Point, Albertville, Columbiana and everywhere in between.

Alabama Disability Attorney How to Qualify for Disability Benefits