Who Qualifies for SSD
Social Security Lawyers Serving in Port St. Lucie, North Palm Beach & All Of Florida
Suffering from the injuries of an accident can be painful and challenging. In addition to compensation for your accident from the party that caused you harm, you may wonder whether you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.
If you are suffering from an injury requiring long term care, our personal injury lawyers at Fetterman & Associates, PA can help you apply for Social Security Disability benefits. We work in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, and other local communities. To learn more about receiving compensation for your injuries and care, send us a message online or call our team of experienced attorneys at 561-845-2510 today.
Social Security Disability Requirements in Florida
The law requires a number of conditions for you to qualify for Social Security Disability. Generally, you must have a medical condition that qualifies as a disability and you must have worked in jobs covered by Social Security.
If you qualify, you will receive cash payments on a monthly basis to help provide for your needs and care. A more detailed discussion of the requirements is as follows:
You must have worked in jobs covered by Social Security – To qualify for Social Security Disability, you must have worked long enough at jobs covered by Social Security, and your work must be within a recent period of time.
Based on your total yearly wages (or income gained from self-employment), you earn Social Security work credits. You can earn up to four credits a year, and you must have a sufficient quantity of work credits to qualify for benefits.
Generally, you must have earned 20 credits in the last 10 years, and have a total of 40 credits. Note that the amount of income needed for a credit changes from year to year. For example, in 2014, you will earn one credit for each $1,200 of wages.
You must be considered disabled – The definition of “disability” for purposes of Social Security Disability benefits revolves around your ability to work. You may be considered “disabled” if:
- You cannot do work that you did before;
- You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition; and
- Your disability has lasted (or is expected to last) for at least one year or to result in death.
Note that you will not qualify for Social Security Disability benefits if you do not strictly satisfy this definition. Also note that a partial disability or a short-term disability does not satisfy the requirement.
If you qualify for Social Security Disability, you will receive benefit payments until you are able to work again. When you can return to work, there are a number of special rules–called “work incentives“–that provide continued benefits and health care coverage.
Contact a West Plam Beach SSD Attorney
Do not hesitate to contact our team of attorneys to learn more about the Social Security Disability process. The social security lawyers at Fetterman & Associates, PA have years of experience helping Florida residents with disability apply for benefits.
We understand the challenges faced by individuals and families hurt in an accident, and are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure you receive the help you deserve. Call 561-845-2510 today or contact us online to see how we can help.