If you are disabled and unable to work, you may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits in the form of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). To be eligible for SSI or SSDI benefits, you must have a qualifying disability and be of limited income and resources or have worked and paid into Social Security for enough years.
If you are wondering “what are the eligibility requirements to get Social Security disability,” here is what you need to know:
Defining Disability in Manning, SC
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), “disability” is defined by three primary factors. Although the SSA maintains a book of adult impairment listings, often called the “blue book,” a person’s condition does not have to match a blue book condition exactly in order to qualify for benefits. Instead, an individual must:
Be unable to perform work that he or she performed prior to the disability
Be unable to work as a direct result of his or her disability
Have a disability that has lasted, or is expected to last, for a time period of at least one year or result in death
Based on these requirements, you do not have to have a disability that is listed by the SSA, so long as you can prove these three criteria. If you do have a disability listed in the blue book, and that condition is severe, you automatically meet social security disability requirements.
Determining How Much Work You Need
If you are of limited income and resources and have not worked under Social Security, and therefore are not insured by virtue of that work, you may qualify for SSI benefits. Children can qualify for SSI benefits, too.
If you are not of limited income and resources (based on income, assets, and some property types), then whether or not you qualify for SSDI is based on the work credits you have earned during your working years. These credits are based on your yearly wages. The number of work credits that you need in order to qualify for SSDI benefits depends upon the age that you become disabled. The SSA reports that generally, a person needs 40 credits. Self-employment income is also considered in determining work credits.
How a Manning SSDI/SSI Attorney Can Help
Understanding how to qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits can be confusing, and if you do not have a disability that is listed in the SSA blue book/listing of impairments, then proving the extent of your disability could be challenging. At the law office of Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., our experienced disability SC attorneys can help you thoroughly document your disability and properly file your claim for benefits. We can also represent you when fighting a denied claim.
For a free case consultation, contact our law offices today. We want to help you get the Social Security Disability benefits you need.