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Meeting the Eligibility Requirements for Social Security Disability Benefits

Feb 18, 2015 | Social Security


For those permanently unable to work due to a health condition, Social Security Disability benefits can be vital to making ends meet. However, there are certain standards recipients of these benefits must meet.

For instance, in order to receive Social Security Disability benefits, you must have first worked long enough and earned enough income to qualify. A claimant must have accrued a minimum of 40 credits to qualify for benefits, and if the claimant is older than 31 years old, 20 of those credits must have been earned in the past decade. In 2015, workers receive one credit for every $1,220 in income they earn.

If you meet work history and income requirements, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will then examine your claim to determine if you meet disability qualifications. Some conditions can receive expedited processing through the Compassionate Allowances program, while others must meet the standards outlined by the SSA.

Many claims that are initially denied are later approved during the appeals process. The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that if your Social Security Disability claim was denied, it may help to have a qualified legal representative examine your case. Doing so can help give you a better understanding of what is needed to file a successful disability claim.

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