California residents who are disabled and unable to work may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. It may also be possible for a disabled person to apply for Supplemental Security Income to help pay bills and other living expenses. Individuals must present sufficient evidence of their disability and their inability to work to receive benefits. Evidence generally includes a diagnosis from a doctor as well as documentation of signs or symptoms of a disability.

According to the Social Security Administration, a disability is a mental or physical condition that has lasted or is expected to last for at least 12 months. A person may also be considered to be disabled if he or she has a condition that is expected to result in death. Furthermore, an individual only qualifies if he or she is unable to work in any type of profession primarily because of the disability.

An individual who is seeking disability insurance or supplemental income must show that he or she cannot be gainfully employed. This is generally taken to mean either on a part-time or full-time basis. The Social Security Administration will review a person’s age, education level as well as whether or not that person can engage in basic activities such as sitting or lifting in making its decision.

Those who have an inability to work because of an injury or illness may wish to consult with an attorney. It may make the process of filing for SSD benefits easier. It may also be worthwhile for those who have applied for benefits and may have been denied.