Social Security Disability Lawyers Helping the Disabled Obtain Benefits
Who Qualifies For Social Security Disability Benefits?
You must meet the SSA’s definition of “disabled” in order to qualify for either SSI or SSD benefits. This means you must suffer from a mental or physical condition that:
- Prevents you from working, and
- Has lasted at least a year or is expected to either result in death or continue for at least a year.
Being disabled does not mean that you will automatically qualify for SSD or SSI benefits.
SSI is a needs-based program, so you will only qualify for these benefits if you are a disabled individual with limited income and resources. SSD is not a needs-based program, but you will only qualify for these benefits if you have earned enough work credits. These credits are earned by paying money to the SSA through payroll taxes over the course of your employment.
The rules regarding eligibility for these benefits are complex, which is why it’s best to discuss your case with our attorneys to find out if you qualify.