Most people only think of Social Security for retirement plans, but an average 20-year old worker has a 30% chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age. Take a look below to see how a Social Security claims attorney can help you navigate the Social Security disability eligibility requirements:
- Work Requirements
Social Security disability benefits are only available to citizens who have worked recently enough in jobs which participate in Social Security. Social Security credits are built up over the course of your work history. As of 2012, you receive one credit for $1,130 of earnings, for a maximum of four credits per year. The number of credits necessary to qualify for Social Security disability benefits varies with age, though you will generally need 40 credits to qualify.
- Disability Requirements
Disability benefits are only dispersed to individuals who have a medical condition that meets the strict definition of a “disability,” and this condition must be considered “severe” enough to interfere with a person’s ability to perform normal work-related activities for more than a year. Even so, it can be difficult to keep track of all of the paperwork required to prove eligibility for disability benefits, which is why it is important to consult an experienced Social Security claims attorney about your unique case.
- Family Benefits
Social Security benefits may also be paid to certain family members of disabled individuals who meet eligibility requirements. Family members who may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits include spouses over the age of 62, spouses of any age who are caring for a child who is younger than 16 or disabled, unmarried children under the age of 18, and unmarried children over 18 with a disability which started before age 22.
The team of lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates has over 30 years of experience in Michigan Social Security disability law, and we can help you file a claim or appeal for your case. To schedule a professional consultation with a Social Security claims attorney, call (888) 481-2579 or contact us online today.