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Considerations for janitors or cleaners seeking SSDI

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2024 | Blog, Social Security Disability Benefits

Janitors and cleaners in California may face physical or mental health challenges that impact their ability to work. In such cases, financial assistance through the SSDI program could be a possibility.

However, navigating the process requires a clear understanding of eligibility criteria and procedural nuances.

Work requirement criteria

The SSA uses a credit-based system, where workers earn credits based on their work history and payment of Social Security taxes. Generally, individuals need 40 credits to qualify, and 20 of those credits must be in the last 10 years leading up to their disability.

The severity of the disability

Janitors or cleaners must provide comprehensive medical documentation supporting their inability to engage in substantial gainful activity due to their impairment. The SSA evaluates the medical evidence to determine if the disability meets the criteria in the “Blue Book,” a guidebook of impairments.

Many disabilities can affect a janitor or cleaner’s ability in areas such as heavy lifting and moving objects, standing for long periods, bending, handling hazardous chemicals, climbing ladders and performing tasks that require fine motor skills.

Duration of disability

Medical professionals must expect the disability to last for at least 12 months or result in death. Short-term or partial disabilities do not meet the eligibility criteria for SSDI. Therefore, applicants must carefully consider the duration and impact of their disability.

The application process

The SSDI application involves providing detailed information about work history, medical conditions and treatments. The process demands accuracy and attention to detail, as incomplete or inaccurate information may lead to delays or denials. Janitors or cleaners must gather all relevant medical records, employment history details and other supporting documents to facilitate a smooth application process.


If a denial occurs, janitors or cleaners have the option to appeal the decision. Understanding the appeals process is important. Applicants should prepare to present additional evidence or documentation to strengthen their case.

Successfully obtaining SSDI often requires a commitment to providing accurate and comprehensive information during the application process.

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