California residents who are unable to work or make a sufficient living could be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. There are several criteria used to determine if a person is qualified. First, anyone who is making more than $1,180 per month will not likely be eligible to receive benefits. Applicants making at or below that amount must be able to show that their condition is or will last for more than 12 months.

In addition, it will be necessary to show that an applicant cannot perform work done in the past. Generally speaking, those who have a condition that doesn’t preclude them from doing a previously held job are unlikely to have their applications approved. However, there is still a chance an application is denied because an individual can still do some sort of work. This is determined by looking at a person’s age, education and other factors deemed relevant.

In some cases, people will be granted benefits simply based on the condition that they have. For instance, those who have certain kinds of cancer or ALS will likely be entitled to benefits without a substantial review of their applications. Other special circumstances may apply for people who are blind or who have substantially impaired vision.

The process of applying for SSD benefits may be a complex one for some individuals. Therefore, it may be a good idea to complete it with the help of an attorney who might be able to fill out or submit paperwork on an applicant’s behalf. The attorney may also be able to represent a person during a hearing. Applicants generally have a better chance of getting a favorable outcome with legal assistance.