You may have heard how tough it is to get Social Security disability benefits in Rhode Island and wonder if this is really true. In order to combat fraud, the Social Security Administration does require a complex application process to ensure you are actually qualified for the benefits, so it can be tricky.
To increase your chances of being approved and to help make the process easier, the Huffington Post recommends reviewing all the information available from the SSA about disability benefits. You should check if your health condition qualifies you for the program. There is detailed information and many restrictions on what health conditions do and do not make you eligible. This is the first place to start because if your condition does not qualify, there is no need to continue on.
If your condition does qualify, you should then make sure you have all the proper documentation. You will be required to offer substantial proof that you health condition prevents you from working. You must not be able to work at all. If you are working, you should not apply because the SSA will check on this, and if you can work, you cannot be approved.
You should also consider your ability to work in a different job. Just because you cannot do your current job does not mean you are disabled under this program. If your work history shows you have skills to work in another industry where your health condition would not prevent you from working, then your benefits will likely be denied.
The bottom line is eligibility for Social Security disability benefits is very narrow and specific. It can be tough to meet the requirements, which is why so many people say it is difficult to get these benefits. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.