Qualify for Social Security Disability in Pensacola & Mobile

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

We'll help you determine whether you do.

To receive Social Security Disability benefits, you must be eligible to apply and you must meet the definition of disabled.

Are there different types of disability benefits? How do I know what to apply for?

There are several types of disability benefits offered by the Social Security Administration. Each has its own set of rules and requirements.

Pensacola Social Security Disability ApplicantsDisability Insurance Benefits (DIB), sometimes called Social Security Disability (SSD), are benefits for disabled workers who have paid enough Social Security taxes into the system. One of the requirements is to have paid in 20 out of the last 40 quarters, or 5 years out of the last 10. This is called the 20/40 rule. There are exceptions for younger workers.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which has nothing to do with having taxes paid in, is based on the individual having very limited income and resources.

Other benefits include Disabled Widow's/Widower's Benefits (DWB) and Disabled Adult Child (DAC), sometimes called Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB).

If you want to file for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration is required to sign you up for everything for which you are eligible. Sometimes, they fail to do so. Gil Laden and his team will make sure you are signed up for all the benefits to which you may be entitled.

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 one full year (or result in death). The disability can be a physical condition, a mental condition, or a combination of problems.

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

In general, Social Security considers you disabled if:

  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • You cannot perform any other work due to your medical condition(s), age, education, and work experience; and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

What medical conditions qualify for benefits?

Just about any medical problem that stops you from working can qualify for disability benefits.

  • Hearing Loss
  • 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
  • Anxiety
  • Osteoarthritis of the joints
  • Lumbar and Cervical Spine disorders
  • Lyme Tick Disease
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Auto-immune Disorder
  • HIV

Contact us today about your disability case. Our experience can make all the difference.


Some people think that to get Social Security Disability benefits, all you need is a note from your doctor saying you can't work. But Social Security uses the complex legal system. I'm Gil Laden. I became board-certified to let you know that I am a specialist in this area. It's not just about benefits, it's about dignity. Attorney Gil Laden 1-800-843-0403

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He has been certified as a specialist in Social Security Disability Law by the National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy, as acknowledged by the Alabama State Bar.