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How Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on July 10, 2012 | In Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays benefits for certain people who are unable to work due to injury or illness. If you’re facing disability in California, here are some guidelines you’ll have to meet in order to qualify for SSDI benefits.

  • “Disability.” The first step is to meet the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s definition of “disability.” A disability must prevent you from working at your current job, prevent you from moving to a different job, and be expected to last more than one year and/or to result in your death. The SSA determines whether or not you meet these criteria by examining medical records and other evidence you provide with your application.
  • Work Credits. For most adults, you must have paid into Social Security in order to receive SSDI benefits. Most people do this by working and having Social Security deducted from their wages, or by paying self-employment tax. Whether or not you have worked enough to qualify for SSDI is calculated based on your age, working years, and other factors. For younger people who were disabled before age 22, however, work credits may not be required.
  • Special Situations. Blind people, spouses of a deceased disabled person, disabled children, and disabled veterans may qualify for SSDI benefits under rules that apply specifically to them. An experienced SSDI attorney can help you determine if you qualify under any of these rules.

At the Kenton Koszdin Law Office, our dedicated Van Nuys Social Security Disability attorneys can help you with every step of the process of filing for disability benefits. To learn more about your options when it comes to disability, call us today at (800) 438-7734.

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