What Are the Requirements for SSDI?
The Social Security disability application process can take months, multiple medical appointments and tons of paperwork. But if you successfully complete the process, then you will be entitled to financial disability benefits every month for your injuries.
The difference between success and failure is the right kind of help. When you are worried about your medical disability, the last thing you need to worry about is your finances. When you are facing a disability or injury, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Phillips Disability, P.C. to get your application started.
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Main SSDI Requirements
The Social Security Disability Insurance benefits program requires individuals to meet a long list of criteria.
A successful SSDI claimant must have:
- Adequate work history (measured in years)
- Adequate earnings (measured in work credits)
- Medical evidence
The amount of work that you will need for a successful disability claim will depend on your age. The older you are the more earnings you will need to qualify. The amount of earnings that you need to earn work credits changes every single year.
For example, in 2014 every $1,200 you earn gives you one work credit up to four work credits a year. An experienced SSDI lawyer will look at your work history and age and calculate how much work history and earnings you need to qualify.
Does My Disability Count?
The SSA has a very strict definition of disability.
If you are unable to work for at least 12 months or more or have a fatal disease, provided that you meet the other criteria, the Social Security Administration will grant you monthly benefits.
Broadly, a disability under the rules of the SSA is any condition that prevents you from doing your previous job that does not allow you to find other types of work and will last more than a year or lead to death.
To prove that your disability prevents your from working in any meaningful sense is your attorneys responsibility. Your SSDI lawyer will be responsible for building a case that SSA can understand.
Do You Need An SSDI Lawyer?
It is possible to file a disability claim for SSDI, but the majority of applicants who file claims are often denied for reasons that have nothing to do with their disability. The documentation requirements for a successful SSDI claim are so complicated that disabled individuals miss out on their benefits because of paperwork.
When you have the assistance of a knowledgeable disability benefits lawyer, you can make sure that your application meets all of the SSDI requirements.
An attorney can also determine if you meet any exceptions to the work history and earnings requirements that would allow your application to move forward even if you have not worked long enough. Not every injury or disability is covered. Just because your disability makes it difficult for you to work does not mean that you qualify for SSDI benefits.
On the other hand, just because you may not meet all of the requirements exactly does not mean that you cannot receive SSDI benefits. Each situation is unique.
You worked hard when you were able to work and now that you are injured you should be able to access the Social Security taxes you used to pay. We can help you with your application process.
Your SSDI Lawyers: With You Every Step of the Way
At the law offices of Phillips Disability, P.C. you can expect access to experienced and successful disability lawyers who will walk you through all of the stages of the process.
Our law firm has helped injured and disabled clients just like you get back on their feet after an injury. You may very well qualify for financial assistance through the Social Security Disability Insurance program. But if you don't apply, you wont get the benefits you deserve.
Whether you are thinking of applying or whether you have already been denied benefits, our lawyers can make a difference.