Work history is important:
To be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance you must have worked long enough and recently enough under the Social Security Administration rules. Social Security determines your eligibility based on “work credits.” You earn work one work credit for every $1,200 you earn in wages or self-employment income in a one year span. You may earn up to 4 work credits in a calendar year. Generally, you must have gained at least 20 work credits in the last 10 years to be eligible. However, younger people may be eligible with less work credits. It is important to remember that work credits expire after a certain amount of time, so the best thing to do is to act as soon as possible.
The easiest way to understand whether or not you have enough work credits is to call our office and talk to one of our client service representatives today. You may reach our office toll free at 1-800-488-4775.
Do you have a qualifying condition?
You should always remember that Social Security only recognizes total, long-term, disabilities. This means that partial disabilities or short-term disabilities are not recognized by the Social Security Administration.
- Your disability must be expected to last at least one year or end in death;
- Your disability must be severe enough to keep you from working in any full time job while dealing with the condition (Social Security considers full time work to be any work in which you earn more than $1,070 per month)
What kind of evidence do I need?
Both medical and non-medical evidence is needed to prove your disability case.
It is extremely important to regularly visit your doctors for your medical conditions. During these doctor’s visits you should make a point to mention your symptoms and any side effects from medications you are on for your conditions. In addition to medical records, our office prepares specialized questionnaires for your doctor to fill out describing your conditions, and how your conditions affect your ability to work.
Since Social Security Disability eligibility is based on more than just a medical disability, it is important to keep or collect non-medical information that will make it easier for Social Security to award you benefits. This includes tax information, information about the type of work that you performed, an original birth certificate, and any workers’ compensation or private disability claim information relating to your conditions.
Call our office today and see if you qualify:
While we provide the information above about Social Security Disability benefits so that you will better understand if you are eligible, the best way to check your eligibility is by calling our office and speaking to one of our client service representatives today. You may reach our office toll free at 1-800-488-4775.