FAQ - WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS?

To be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits, you must suffer from a physical and/or emotional "disability" which has caused or will cause you to be physically or emotionally unable of working for at least 12 months (or which is expected to result in your death).
To be successful in your application for Social Security Disability benefits, your doctor must state that you are disabled, and support their opinion with clinical and/or lab results ("medical diagnosis"). Sadly, many disabling conditions cannot be proven with clinical or lab results. In such situations, we strive to assist your doctors to provide the detailed information required for Social Security to be able to adequately consider your application.

One you have determined that you are disabled and unable to work for a least 12 consecutive months, the next question is whether you have worked for the required amount of time in jobs through which you have paid Social Security taxes. (As a rule of thumb, if have you worked and paid Social Security taxes for at least 5 out of the last 10 years before becoming disabled, you are likely eligible.) The date of your last day on such a job as compared to when you became disabled must be considered. Certain eligibility requirements differ depending on your age, education, skills, and work experience, and can be waived for applicants under the age of 22. In order to evaluate whether you could be successful in an application for Social Security Disability Benefits, we will need detailed information from you. Please consider completing the application for a FREE CONSULTATION.


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