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Need Help Deciding if You Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Just because you can’t work doesn’t mean you’ll receive Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration is a large government agency. The agency uses a very specific legal system to determine who receives benefits, and you’ll only win benefits if you meet their strict definition of “disabled.”
Disability attorney John Hurley can help you determine whether you do. The earlier you call, the sooner we can start helping you. Contact us to discuss your disability case.
To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must be eligible to apply and you must meet the definition of disabled.
Am I eligible to apply for Social Security?
There are two types of Social Security Benefits: SSDI and SSI.
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you meet three criteria:
- You are disabled,
- You have earned enough work credits through Social Security taxes, and
- As of the date you became disabled, you must have worked under Social Security at least 5 of the last 10 years. Even part-time work can qualify you.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program for disabled adults who have limited income and resources.
What does being “disabled” mean?
Under Social Security guidelines, you’re considered disabled if your medical condition or injury is expected to keep you from working for at least one full year (or result in death). Your disability can be a physical condition, a mental condition, or a combination of problems.
If you can’t work, it’s important you schedule regular medical appointments and gather enough medical evidence to prove your case to Social Security. In general, Social Security considers you disabled if:
- You can no longer do work that you did before;
- You can’t adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
Contact us today about your disability case. Our experience can make all the difference.
Let's talk about Social Security Disability benefits. Social Security may pay disability benefits to people with emotional problems. But depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, or post-traumatic stress disorders are hard to prove. I'm attorney John Hurley. For over 30 years, I've helped people with emotional or physical problems fight for disability benefits. Call the John Hurley Law FIrm, 1-888-263-6861.