Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability?

Our Social Security Disability Lawyers Can Help Answer Your Questions.

Social Security Disability (SSD) is more than just a retirement program. While most people receiving Social Security also receive retirement benefits, others may qualify for different types of Social Security aid.

Who Is Qualified for Social Security Disability?

Some people think that only disabled adults qualify for disability benefits. In fact, you may qualify for SSD benefits on a disabled person’s record if you are:

  • The spouse or child of someone eligible to collect Social Security
  • The spouse or child of a worker who died
  • The dependent parent of a worker who died

Each type of benefit has specific requirements, and eligibility will depend on your circumstances. The Social Security Disability lawyers at John Bales Attorneys can help you understand the Social Security requirements and point you in the right direction for improving your financial future.

How Social Security Evaluates Your Claim

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has particular rules to determine eligibility for SSD benefits. They will consider many factors, including your:

  • Work CreditsYou must have paid into the Social Security system through your work taxes for a certain amount of time. This time period is what the SSA calls “work credits.” You can earn up to a maximum of 4 work credits each year. If you do not have enough work credits, you may not qualify for SSD benefits no matter how severe or disabling your condition.
  • AgeThere is no minimum age to qualify for SSD as long as you have sufficient work credits and your condition meets the SSA’s definition of disability. The number of work credits you need to qualify for disability benefits depends on your age and when you became disabled.
  • Total DisabilitySSD benefits are not available to those with partial or short-term disabilities. The SSA determines if you are totally disabled based on you inability to work. You may be considered disabled if:
  • You cannot do work that you did before your disability;
  • You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least 1 year or result in death.

The SSA has a strict process for evaluating SSD claims. That is why it is so important for you to complete your application with thorough and accurate information. The Social Security Disability lawyers at John Bales Attorneys can help determine if you are eligible for Social Security Disability. Contact us today to learn more by calling (800) 225-5564 or by completing a free initial consultation form.