If an illness or injury prevents you from working, you may be concerned about your eligibility for federal disability benefits. Social Security disability lawyers frequently field inquiries like these, but they can be exceedingly challenging to respond to. Keep reading to learn how to qualify for SSD benefits and how to increase your chances of approval. Contact PLBH at (800) 435-7542 for help.
Eligibility for SSD Benefits
To apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you must fulfill a number of requirements. Some of these are factual, including how long you’ve paid into the Social Security system and the date your ailment was discovered.
The third criterion is whether your medical condition prevents you from engaging in gainful job, which is subjective. It is extremely difficult to predict your likelihood of receiving SSD benefits since it is impossible to predict how the person processing your application will respond to that query. This post will describe the procedure and the elements that might improve your chances of being accepted.
Verify you have worked the required quarters to qualify for benefits
You can qualify for SSD benefits if an illness or disability prevents you from working. You must have worked for the Social Security system for a set amount of time to be eligible; in other words, you must have contributed to the system in order to receive benefits.
For the majority of people, eligibility for SSD benefits requires 40 “quarters,” or three-month periods of time. If you have worked continuously since you were 18 years old and are 30 years old when you apply for benefits, you would have worked for 12 years or 48 quarters, making you eligible to apply based on time worked.
Verify your disability occurred in the appropriate time frame
The next step is to demonstrate that your disability happened within five years of the “date last insured”—the last day you were employed for Social Security purposes. If the 30-year-old in the previous example suffered a disability as a result of an accident at age 34, his disability would have happened less than five years after the “date last insured.” He would meet the second prerequisite.
Provide required proof that your disability prevents you achieving gainful employment
If you are eligible under both of these conditions, you must also show that your medical condition makes it impossible for you to work for pay. The person processing your initial application or the judge hearing your appeal will determine how subjective this phase is.
You can’t predict how this question will be answered, thus it’s hard to state with certainty if you’ll be accepted. However, having an experienced social security disability attorney assist you in preparing your application can help you present your case in the best possible light, and several criteria may boost your likelihood of being approved.
Get help from an attorney if you need assistance
Contact PLBH right away at (800) 435-7542 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unable to work as a result of an illness or injury. We will defend your entitlement to benefits since we have experience handling Social Security Disability cases. We offer free first consultations and can help you appeal your SSD decision if you are denied.