As a Pennsylvanian resident who is facing the possible need for financial medical aid, you may be wondering if your particular situation, illness, disability or injury qualifies you for Social Security Disability benefits. Though these benefits can be a big help to many people, it’s important to keep in mind that these qualifications must be met before aid is granted. 

Social Security’s web page has a section dedicated to discussing how it is decided if a person applying for benefits is disabled by Social Security’s standards. They will look at several things, starting with whether or not you are employed. If you are and are making over $1,220 a month, then you are likely not eligible. 

The severity of your condition will also be looked at. To be eligible, you will need a condition severe enough to prevent you from doing basic things like sitting, lifting or walking for at least 12 months. This can apply to both mental and physical issues, such as extensive and disruptive problems with memory that interrupt your ability to live your life. 

Your ability to do your previous line of work will be examined. Additionally, your ability to do any other, different type of work will also be looked at. This is a crucial component to the overall determination of whether or not you will qualify for disability. In order to qualify, you must not be able to do anything else with your transferable skills, past work experience, education and age. If you fulfill all of these requirements, then you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.