Many people who have been permanently injured or diagnosed with chronic diseases may not consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits because of how difficult the process may be. Indeed, qualifying for benefits is no easy process. After all, the Social Security Administration receives more than two million applications each year. Of these applicants, an average of 885,000 received benefits.
While applying for benefits may be an arduous process, there are some basic requirements that applicants must meet. This post will identify them so that some of the mystery behind the application process may be removed.
In order to qualify for benefits, an applicant must:
- Have a medical condition that prevents you from working, and the condition must be expected to persist for at least 12 months.
- Have enough Social Security work credits to pass the “recent work test” and the “duration of work test.”
- Be younger than their full retirement age
- Not earn more than $1410.00 per month
While the requirements may appear straightforward, there are questions and changes that apply with each one. For instance, what medical conditions actually qualify for Social Security benefits? Also, how many Social Security work credits must an applicant have in order to pass both of the tests? An experienced disability attorney can help applicants understand and answer these questions.
Moreover, even if an applicant’s petition is denied at first, there are a number of appeals that can be undertaken so that information is properly reviewed and a favorable can be reached. If you have additional questions about eligibility, an experienced attorney can advise you.