When Can I File for Social Security Disability?
Qualifying for SSD Benefits with a Schuylkill County Lawyer
Filing for government-supplied disability benefits can be a complicated process. The process begins by educating yourself and knowing when you can file for Social Security Disability. At The Law Offices of Anthony Urban, P.C., we have experience handling all aspects of the Social Security Disability (SSD) process. Our firm can file for your SSD benefits as soon as possible after you become disabled.
Qualifying for Disability Benefits
Before you can even apply for SSD, it must be determined whether or not you qualify. Our firm can review your situation to determine if you fit the criteria and sit down with you to discuss your options. When we have gathered all the information that can support our claim that you are disabled according to the SSA guidelines, we can submit it as soon as possible. The process can take some time, and your claim may even be initially denied. However, having an experienced lawyer on your side from the very beginning of the case can help things move forward more efficiently.
The criteria for SSD benefits include:
- Having previously worked on jobs that are covered by Social Security.
- Having a "disability," as defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA.)
- The disability makes you unable to continue to do the work you were doing before you became disabled or work cannot be adjusted to accommodate the disability.
- The disability prevents you from working for a year or more and/or may be expected to result in death.
Payments for Total Disability
It is important to note that SSD benefits are not available for individuals who have a partial disability or a short-term disability. Only individuals who will be affected for a year or more are eligible. SSD benefits are not designed to provide for you 100%. The program relies on the assumption that families have multiple working members and access to other support resources during the time of disability, since it is designed to help you until you can work again.
If you are receiving SSD benefits and reach the age at which you can become fully retired (which depends on when you were born), your disability benefits are automatically converted into retirement benefits of the same amount.
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