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Establishing disability is critical for benefits to be collected

When a person is disabled to the point that he or she feels unable to complete their work-related duties, there is a chance that qualifications may be met to receive financial support from the Social Security program in California. Social Security disability benefits are awarded to people who have established adequate evidence that their medical condition is actively preventing them from being able to work or maintain a job, thus limiting their income. 

According to the Social Security Administration, some of the medical conditions that may qualify as disabilities include those related to the following:

  • Digestive issues
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses
  • Mental and neurological disorders
  • Certain skin disorders

A common mistake that people make is thinking they will be able to receive disability assistance after articulating a statement describing their condition and how it has negatively affected their ability. However, according to the Social Security Administration, a "medically determinable impairment" is much more than simply submitting a statement. People will need to complete a rigorous application process and provide written and signed medical documentation that describes their condition and supports their claims of its disabling effects. 

Once a disability is verified by the Social Security Administration, it takes a length of time to organize all of the applicable factors before people can begin collecting their benefits. This window of time can last up to 5 months. As such, people should plan accordingly. As soon as they recognize their potential eligibility for receiving benefits, they should begin the application process right away.  

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