What Conditions Make You Eligible for Disability in Mississippi?

By Vashti Gray Sadjedy
An unexpected disability can result in serious financial difficulties.

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While no one plans to suffer debilitating injury or illness, sometimes the worst happens. Financially, such an occurrence can be ruinous. Social Security disability benefits can be a tremendous help in this situation. Knowing Mississippi law regarding qualifications for benefits ensures you get the help you need.

Definition

The term "disability" has a very specific meaning when it comes to the allotment of Social Security benefits. The definition of disability is the inability to perform the type of work previously done and the inability to adjust to alternative forms of employment because of a medical condition or injury. Short-term injuries or illnesses are not eligible for Social Security benefits in the state of Mississippi; to qualify, the disability must be expected to last for at least a period of one year or to end in death.

Qualifying

To obtain Social Security disability benefits, apply via the Social Security Administration, who will then perform an investigation into the extent of the injury or illness's impact on one's employability known as the sequential evaluation process. This process involves an analysis of the applicant's current and past work activity, education and potential functionality in the workforce.

Appealing Rejections

In the event that the evaluation process determines that Social Security disability benefits will not be granted to the applicant and she feels that this was a wrongful determination, this decision can be appealed. This entails a review at the state level by individuals who were not involved in the initial evaluation. If the result of that appeal is still negative, it is possible to then have the case reviewed in a formal hearing by an administrative law judge. If she would like to appeal the case again after the hearing, the case can be presented to the appeals council. As a final resort, the case can be filed as a civil suit in the federal district court.

About the Author

Vashti Gray Sadjedy has been writing professionally since 2005. Under the auspices of the Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals, she has published the indexes to "Christensen's Ragtime Review," "Music Vanguard" and "The Metronome" and has several other publications forthcoming. She holds graduate degrees in musicology from the University of Maryland and bachelor's degrees in music and English literature from St. Mary's College of Maryland.

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