Social Security Disability Insurance
A physical or mental health condition that prevents you from working and earning a living can be overwhelming as you try to deal with medical issues and financial pressures. Turning to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program that you paid into through payroll taxes while you worked can be time-consuming and frustrating with complicated rules and confusing procedures.
Let the attorneys at Scully Disability help you obtain the SSDI benefits you deserve and are entitled to receive. Whether filing a new application for benefits or challenging a denial of benefits through the Social Security Administration appeal process, our outstanding disability attorneys provide superior legal advice and representation that people have come to trust and rely upon for almost four decades.
Work history required for Social Security Disability Insurance
SSDI is funded by taxes collected on the money you earn from work or self-employment. Your work history must be long enough to have accumulated work credits, which are based on the amount of money you earn each year. You may earn up to four work credits annually.
The number of work credits required to qualify for SSDI depends upon your age when you first became disabled. An older worker will need more work credits than a worker who becomes disabled at a young age. A free consultation with an attorney at Scully Disability can quickly determine whether your work history makes you eligible for SSDI benefits.
You must be disabled to qualify for SSDI benefits
Assuming that you have sufficient work credits to qualify, you must be disabled. A disability for purposes of SSDI means that you have a medically determinable physical or mental health condition that prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity.
Unlike state disability programs that pay benefits for temporary or short-term disability, SSDI benefits require that your physical or mental impairment must have lasted or be expected to last for at least 12 months or be expected to cause your death. The 12 months must be continuous.
It can be difficult to meet the disability criteria to qualify for benefits. For example, if you can do work that you did before the onset of your disability, you will not be eligible for SSDI benefits. The claim also will be denied if it appears from the medical records that you can adjust to other types of work that you may not have done in the past.
Experienced advocacy for all SSDI applications and appeals
The attorneys at Scully Disability are committed to aggressively fighting to achieve a successful outcome whether through an initial application for SSDI benefits or through an appeal of a denial of benefits. Count on us to ensure that your application or appeal is prepared and presented to give you the best chance of achieving a favorable outcome.