Meeting the Social Security Administration’s Disability Requirements

If you’re unable to work because of your medical condition(s), it doesn’t guarantee you Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a large government agency that uses a complicated system to determine who qualifies for disability benefits. You’ll only win benefits if you can prove that you meet the SSA’s strict definition of “disabled.”

Let the Tucson disability attorneys at Ober & Pekas help you determine if you do. Contact us today to discuss your disability case.

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Am I Eligible for Social Security?

There are two types of Social Security benefits: SSDI and SSI.


The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you if you meet three criteria:

  1. You are disabled,
  2. As of the date you became disabled, you must have worked under Social Security at least five of the last 10 years, and
  3. You have earned enough work credits by paying Social Security taxes.


Supplement Security Income (SSI) pays benefits to you if you meet certain criteria:

  1. You are disabled, and
  2. You meet the financial qualifications (you don’t have too much income or too many assets).

Meeting the SSA’s Definition of “Disabled”

Under the SSA’s rules, you’re only determined to be disabled if your physical or mental condition (or a combination of both) is expected to keep you from working for at least 12 months (or result in death).

If you’re unable to work, it’s very important you keep regular medical appointments and get enough medical evidence to prove your case to the SSA.

In most instances, the SSA considers you disabled if:

  • You can no longer perform work you’ve done before;
  • You won’t be able to adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or will last at least one full year (or result in death).

Contact the Tucson disability lawyers at Ober & Pekas for help with your Social Security Disability claim.

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Get Personal Attention for Your Case in Tucson

If you live in Tucson, Eloy, Arizona City, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Florence or Maricopa, you can get one of the most experienced SSD law firms in Arizona to fight for your benefits claim.

Our attorneys have more than 73 years of combined experience helping people like you win benefits. We’ve been a leader in Arizona since 1979.

Your Hearing in Tucson

When you live in the communities south of Phoenix and you need to appeal your case to an administrative law judge, the Social Security Administration (SSA) holds your hearing in Tucson.

We will go with you to your hearing.

We work in Tucson all the time and know the judges and medical professionals in the Tucson area.

In fact, our managing partner, Ed Ober, grew up in Tucson and earned both his bachelor’s degree and law degree in Tucson.

Your Tucson Social Security Disability Lawyers

As you apply for benefits and begin your claim, we can guide you through the process by phone. We also invite you to visit our office in Phoenix.

If you live in Tucson or anywhere in Southern Arizona and can’t work, call us today for a free consultation.