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Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability Benefits

Are you having trouble trying to get SSD benefits?

The Social Security Administration offers benefits for Americans that have been disabled and are unable to work. It is a federal program and is financed by the Social Security tax commonly known as FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act). Disabled workers must have paid a certain amount into this program from their wages or self-employment income.

There are two main qualifications for Social Security disability:

  1. The first is that you must be permanently disabled. This means that you have been unable to work and earn more than $1,000 due to your disability for 12 months or you expect that you will be unable to work for 12 months or more.
  2. The second qualification is that in your working life, you have earned enough work credits. Work credits are determined based on a dollar amount earned within a year. The amount can vary from year to year. The normal amount of work credits required are 40 and 20 of those must have been earned in the 10 years prior to being disabled.

Your past work is relevant to establishing your qualifications as well. There are several variables in establishing work credits and a qualified lawyer can provide valuable assistance in helping you to understand the process and expediting it with our experience and knowledge. For younger disabled workers, parent's work credits can sometimes be used to qualify.

When can I receive my payments?

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA),

Under the law, your payments cannot begin until you have been disabled for at least five full months. Payments usually start with your sixth month of disability. When Social Security tells you that you will be receiving disability benefit payments, the notice explains how much your disability benefit will be and when your payments start. Generally, your disability benefits will continue as long as your medical condition has not improved and you cannot work.

Committed and Passionate Legal Assistance

Denial rates are higher than ever before. This is partially due to the fact that applications for disability have escalated. Having a lawyer representing you from the beginning can greatly improve your chances of a successful application process. The professionals at Disability Action Advocates have helped thousands to reach a successful outcome. We are committed to doing everything possible to help qualified applicants obtain their benefits. We accept no payments from you unless we have won your case. Whether you are at the beginning of the process or you need assistance with appeals and hearings we can help.