As a Social Security Disability attorney, I am often asked if a certain medical condition would qualify a person for Social Security Disability benefits. Many people are surprised when I tell them that the condition alone, no matter how severe, will not qualify them for SSD benefits. Rather, a second prong of Social Security Disability eligibility must be examined.
Social Security Disability benefits, unlike SSI, are dependent upon whether the disabled person has earned enough work credits (quarters of coverage) to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.
According to the Social Security Administration, the number of work credits needed for social security disability (SSD) benefits depends on the age of the person when he or she became disabled. Generally, a disabled applicant needs 40 credits, 20 of which were earned in the last 10 years ending with the year he or she became disabled, to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits . In essence, this means an individual must have worked five out of the last ten years prior to becoming disabled to be insured for Social Security Disability benefits. However, younger workers may qualify with fewer credits.
So, when wondering if you or a loved one qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits, you must look at both the medical condition and the work history of the disabled person. If you have questions about Social Security Disability benefits, you can call Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.
Attorney Matthew Noyes helps those fighting to obtain Social Security Disability benefits. In addition, he represents those injured in car accidents, motorcycle crashes, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other types of personal injury matters. His Clearwater law firm – Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.