Below are a list of questions to help determine if you qualify for SSD Benefits.
- Are you Unable to Work Full-Time? The first question a disability decisionmaker needs to answer is whether or not a claimant is working. This, of course, makes sense. You cannot be found unable to work if you are, in fact, working. Working is generally defined as earning more than $1,310/month before taxes or performing work type activity 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
- Have you Been or do you Expect to be out of Work at least 12 Months? To meet Social Security’s definition of disability, you must be unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) because of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) that is either expected to result in death or has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months. In layman’s terms, you must have a condition that will keep you from working longer than 12 months. Social Security Disability is meant for those with permanent disabilities. If you expect to be out of work for less than 12 months, you are not disabled under the rules and regulations of the Social Security Administration.
- Have you Worked 5 out of the Last 10 Years? In order to qualify for SSD benefits you need to have accumulated enough work credits over the course of your lifetime. Generally, you need 40 credits, 20 of which were earned in the last 10 years ending with the year you became disabled. As a rule, you are not able to earn more than 4 credits in a single year. Thus, in order to qualify for SSD, you need to have worked 5 out of the last 10 years.
- Are you Currently Represented by an Attorney? We ask this to make sure you are not represented by a lawyer. If you are, your questions need to be directed to your current lawyer. Attorney rules state that a lawyer is not ethically permitted to communicate about a subject with a person the lawyer knows to be represented by another lawyer.
- Are you Currently Receiving Social Security Benefits? This form is for individuals seeking Social Security Benefits. Those that are already receiving benefits should contact their prior lawyer or contact the Social Security Administration directly.
- Which Age Category are you In? The majority of claimants are denied disability benefits the first time. The grid rules make it easier to be found disabled, but the grids do not come into play until a claimant reaches the age of 50. Many disability attorneys simply will not take clients unless they are over the age of 50. In an effort to save you time and effort we need to know your age so we can put you in contact only with attorneys who will represent you.
- Which State do you Live In? In order to put you in contact with an attorney that works in your area, we need to know where you live.