Cincinnati residents who have become disabled and are unable to work will likely consider applying to the Social Security Administration to be approved to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. However, some may be deterred by what they perceive to be a difficult application process – one in which an estimated 60 percent of applicants for SSD benefits are denied. But, with the right approach and the right information at hand, applicants can get through the process successfully.

One of the first steps in the application process is to prove to the Social Security Administration that the disability in question is, in fact, a severe limitation – severe enough to prevent the applicant from working. So, how can you prove your disability to the SSA?

First, applicants must demonstrate to the SSA that they are unable to do the work that have been doing due to the disability in question. Any type of injury or illness is likely to impact a person’s ability to work, but a disability is something that prevents the person from working at all. Next, beyond showing that the applicant can’t do their job as they have been, applicants must also demonstrate that they can’t do any other type of work, either. Many people will try to adapt to their disability and remain in the workforce in some capacity. Unfortunately, many will find that they are unable to do so.

Lastly, applicants for SSD benefits must demonstrate to the SSA that the disability in question will last more than 12 months or will result in death. For severe disabilities that significantly limit a person’s ability to work, this shouldn’t be too hard to prove with a medical professional’s opinion.