The U.S. Social Security Administration has a number of federally funded
programs aimed at helping citizens in need of assistance, one of them
being Social Security Disability Insurance. Not everyone qualifies for
Social Security Disability, but those who do are entitled to certain financial
benefits intended to assist with day-to-day living and other necessary
expenses. If you or a loved one is severely disabled, find out how Social
Security Disability Insurance could prove beneficial.
Only people who are considered disabled and have worked for a certain number
of years may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. The amount
of time a person must have worked depends on their age and how long they
have been disabled for. For example, a 30-year-old person would usually
have to have worked a minimum of 2 years, whereas a 50-year-old must have
worked for 7 years to be eligible for benefits.
Disability, in this case, qualifies as a medical condition that will last
at least 1 year or is expected to result in death. This disability must
not be short-term or partial in order to qualify for Social Security benefits.
The impairment causing the disability may be either mental or physical
and must prevent the individual from working and earning a supportable
living. The Social Security Administration is often very strict about
who qualifies for disability benefits, sometimes causing the application
process to be time consuming and complicated.
The benefits a person is entitled to depend on how long he or she worked
and how much was earned before he or she became disabled. The average
monthly payment is between $1,000 and $1,200, although those who paid
higher Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes, (also called payroll
taxes), may receive more. Not only can these benefits serve as financial
support for the disabled individual, but for his or her family as well.
In addition to receiving financial benefits, those who collect Social
Security Disability Insurance benefits for 2 years will also be eligible
for Medicare, regardless of age.
If you believe you may be eligible for disability benefits, our firm can
help you file an application with the Social Security Administration.
Our skilled Social Security attorneys can help you determine your medical
and employment eligibility. We will use our legal skills and our knowledge
of disability benefits to ensure your application represents your case
in the best possible light and guarantee its application’s strongest
chance of acceptance.
Contact Shepard Law
to get started on your Social Security Disability Insurance application.