Yakima man needs to win Social Security Disability benefits to stay afloat.

What It Takes to Win Disability Benefits

You know you can’t work because of bad health. Monthly checks from Social Security Disability could be a lifeline for your budget — and your dignity.

But those facts alone don’t guarantee that Social Security will award you benefits.

Social Security is a massive government agency with thousands of rules, a strict definition of “disability” and a complex legal system to decide who gets benefits.

The attorneys at Bothwell & Hamill know how to navigate this system for you.

If you’re wondering whether you qualify for disability benefits, we’ll evaluate your case for free.

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Social Security has some basic conditions to decide if your disability qualifies for benefits:

  • You worked and have a substantial record of paying into the Social Security system.
  • Because of health problems, you cannot continue in your job.
  • You also cannot switch to another job.
  • Your medical conditions have lasted, or will last, at least a year — or eventually lead to death.

If you can’t work, let us go to work to get you benefits.

Do I Have a “Disability” According to Social Security?

You can ask 5 questions to get a good idea of whether you qualify:

  1. Am I working? You have to be off the job and no longer earning substantial income.
  2. Is my condition severe? Your health problem has to be serious enough that you can’t perform basic tasks from your last job.
  3. Is my condition listed by Social Security? Social Security maintains a list of qualifying health problems, but it’s possible to win benefits even if your condition isn’t on the list.
  4. Can I return to my old work? You may need to show Social Security that you wouldn’t be able to function in any job you’ve held for the past 15 years.
  5. Can I do another type of work? Social Security will also assess whether you could switch to a new line of work. Age, education and experience all factor into this decision.

Social Security has some basic conditions to decide if your disability qualifies for benefits:

  • You worked and have a substantial record of paying into the Social Security system.
  • Because of health problems, you cannot continue in your job.
  • You also cannot switch to another job.
  • Your medical conditions have lasted, or will last, at least a year — or eventually lead to death.

If you can’t work, let us go to work to get you benefits.

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Elderly Yakima man wonders if he qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits.

Does My Medical Condition Qualify for Benefits?

Just about any medical problem, if it’s severe enough to stop you from working, can qualify you for disability benefits.

At Bothwell & Hamill, these are just some of the conditions we commonly see:

  • 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

Bothwell & Hamill helps people win benefits in Yakima, Kennewick, Sunnyside, Spokane, Richland, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and anywhere in Central Washington.

You PAY NO ATTORNEY FEE until you win.

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Yakima man who won Social Security Disability benefits with the help of Tom Bothwell.

Mr. Bothwell and his staff were not only knowledgeable and to the point, but took the time to answer all of my questions and kept in touch with me during the entire process.”

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