The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides financial assistance and medical benefits to individuals who are unable to work and earn a living. In order to receive Social Security disability benefits, applicants must meet certain requirements, file applications and paperwork, and be declared “disabled” by the SSA. Our seasoned SSDI attorneys at Shook & Stone can help you through each step of the process.
If you or someone you know is looking to file an SSDI claim, one of the first things you should do is understand how the Social Security Administration decides if you are disabled. Reach out to a Las Vegas SSDI eligibility lawyer to schedule a consultation.
Meeting the SSA’s Definition of “Disabled”
The Social Security Administration uses a different definition of “disability” than what most people would use. This definition revolves around the idea that Social Security will only pay benefits to people with total disabilities. Individuals with partial or short-term disabilities cannot receive SSD benefits. Veterans, however, may be able to obtain partial benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The SSA uses a strict definition of disability that is based on your ability to work and earn wages. You will be considered disabled if:
- You cannot do work that you did before;
- You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition; and
- You have a verifiable medical condition/disability expected to last at least one year or result in death.
In addition to meeting this definition, Social Security will also use a step-by-step process consisting of five questions to decide if you’re disabled. These questions are:
- Are you currently working?
- Is your condition considered severe?
- Is you medical condition found in the SSA’s list of disabling conditions?
- Can you perform the work you did previously?
- Can you do any other type of work?
Get in touch with a knowledgeable Las Vegas SSDI eligibility attorney at our firm to learn more.
In addition to meeting Social Security’s definition of disability, you must also meet work requirements to be eligible for SSDI in Las Vegas. You must have worked long enough and recently enough to qualify for disability benefits. Social Security will determine if you meet work requirements by assigning work credits that are based on your total yearly wages or income. The amount of income for credit changes annually, and you can earn up to four credits each year.
The number of total credits needed to meet the work requirement will depend on your age when you become disabled. Typically, you will need 40 total credits – and 20 credits within the past ten years – to qualify. There are exceptions, including younger workers who may qualify with fewer credits. Our Social Security disability lawyers can help you determine if you meet the work requirements.
Meet With a Las Vegas SSDI Eligibility Attorney Today
At Shook & Stone, we’ve helped numerous clients through the Social Security disability claim process, and we know that beginning this application process can be a challenge. That’s why we’re available to help you understand your rights and whether you qualify for benefits. You can learn more about the process and how our firm can help by speaking with a Las Vegas SSDI eligibility lawyer during a free consultation.
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