Northern Idaho Disability Qualifications

Do you qualify for disability in Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston or the Idaho panhandle?

While you may be unable to work, that fact alone won’t guarantee you Social Security disability benefits. Social Security is a big government agency. They use a complex legal system to decide who deserves benefits, and you can only win benefits if you meet their strict definition of "disabled."

Our Disability Attorneys serve the Idaho panhandle and can help you determine whether you qualify. Contact us for a FREE evaluation of your disability claim and find out if you qualify for benefits.

Idaho Panhandle Disability attorney Gary Penar can help determine if you qualify for benefits

What does being disabled mean?

Under Social Security rules, you’re only considered disabled if a medical condition or injury is expected to keep you from working for at least 12 months. The disability can be a physical condition, a mental condition, or a combination of problems.

If you’re unable to work, it’s important that you schedule regular medical appointments and gather enough documentation to PROVE your case to Social Security.

In general, Social Security considers you disabled in Idaho if:

  • You cannot do work that you did before
  • They decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your physical or mental condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

Social Security has a Five Step Process to determine whether you're disabled.

What medical conditions qualify for benefits?

Just about any medical problem that stops you from working can qualify for disability benefits. These are some of the most common:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Cancer
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hepatitis C
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Lupus
  • Lung Disease

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