WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY?

West Alabama Social Security Disability Lawyer

Having a physical or mental disability is not the only requirement to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.  The SSA has very specific qualifications an individual must meet in order to be granted Social Security Disability benefits.

Work History

A disability claimant must have worked long enough and recently enough, in jobs that are covered by Social Security and for which Social Security taxes were deducted and paid.  Disability benefits are determined based on work credits.  Every year you work and pay into the Social Security system, you accumulate credits for the wages and/or self-employment income that you earn.  Credits are earned for quarter-years. In most instances, an applicant must have worked a total of 40 quarters over his/her life time, of which at least 20 of those quarters must have been in the 10 year period of time leading up to the date that the applicant became disabled.

The Social Security Administration does not have a “short-term” disability program. Rather, in order to be eligible for SSD benefits, you must have been incapable of working for at least 12 months, or your condition is expected to result in your death relatively soon.

You can check your Social Security earnings history by accessing the Social Security Administration’s website and printing out your “Social Security Statement.” Then, call and schedule an appointment so we can help you determine whether or not you are eligible for disability benefits.

For a free Social Security Disability consultation, please call: (205)-556-6712