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Do I Qualify?


Do I Qualify for disability in New Mexico and Southern Colorado?

1. Being unable to work does not automatically guarantee you social security disability benefits. The social security administration is a big government bureaucracy and it uses the complicated social security laws, regulations, and procedures to determine whether a person meets the strict definition of “disabled”. Decker Law Office is here to help you determine whether you may qualify for disability benefits. Contact us to discuss your case.

2. Eligibility – There are two elements that a person must satisfy to be eligible for disability. First, you must have worked enough quarters prior to the onset of their disability to have disability coverage. If you worked 20 of the last 40 quarters prior to the onset of your disability (i.e. 5 of the last 10 years) you more likely than not will satisfy the disability coverage element. Second, you must have a severe mental or physical condition, or combination of conditions, that are expected to last twelve months and result in you being unable to work.

3. Any medical condition can qualify you for benefits – Nearly any medical condition or problem, or combination of conditions or problems, can qualify you for benefits. Some of the most common conditions are:

  • Chronic Pain; Eventually have page for each condition
  • Chronic Fatigue;
  • Diabetes;
  • PTSD
  • Depression;
  • Bi Polar Disorder;
  • Cancer;
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis;
  • Fibromyalgia;
  • Hepatitis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Lupus;
  • Lung Disease
  • Osteoarthritis;
  • Spinal disorders
  • Lyme Disease
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Auto-Immune Disorders;

Give Decker Law Office a call today for a free disability consultation.

4. In the event you are unable to work, it’s important that you obtain as much medical treatment for your medical condition as possible. This is important for two reasons. First and foremost, medical treatment may cure what ails you and result in your returning to work. Decker Law Office always encourages its clients to work if they can. Second, and most importantly, you must document the severity of your physical or mental condition with medical evidence. The more treatment you receive the stronger your case will be.