What is required to receive Social Security Disability Benefits?

What is required to receive Social Security Disability Benefits?
  • Post category:Blog

“According to the Social Security website, to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must have worked a certain length of time in jobs covered by Social Security. Generally, you need 40 credits, 20 of which were earned in the last 10 years, ending with the year you became disabled. You must also have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability.

While there are some conditions the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers so severe they automatically render an applicant disabled, many conditions require careful screening, including answering these questions:

Is your condition “severe”? If Social Security determines that your condition does not interfere with basic work-related activities, you will not be considered disabled. If your condition does interfere with basic work-related activities, you move on to question three.

Can you do any other type of work? Finally, if you can’t do the work you did previously, Social Security will determine whether you can do some other type of work. If Social Security determines that you can adjust to other suitable work—taking into account your condition, age, education, previous work experience, and other factors—you will not be considered disabled, and your claim will be denied. If you cannot adjust, your claim will be approved.”

Read more about Social Security Disability benefits here.

In order to receive payments for SSD as quickly as possible you should file a claim as soon as you believe you are disabled. There is a mandatory 5-month waiting period before payments can begin which can make life difficult during that time. If you’ve been denied benefits that you think you’re entitled to, don’t give up – a lawyer may be able to help.

At Krug & Krug & Zupke, P.C. we’ve helped numerous clients receive Social Security Disability benefits after wrongly being denied. Call our experienced attorneys at 651-645-7746 or visit our Social Security Disability page to learn more.