When sudden injuries or a serious illness make earning a living impossible, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides cash benefits and medical care to qualified workers. Many newly disabled people find the application process dense and confusing and may even have trouble determining whether they're eligible to file a claim.
The Rose Law Offices, with locations in Kent, WA, Puyallup, and Honolulu, would like to clarify some of the qualification requirements for this vital Social Security program. Social Security Disability Insurance is intended for workers who have made sufficient contributions to qualify for coverage.
These contributions are calculated using Social Security work credits, which are based on your total annual wages. For 2016, workers earn a one credit per $1,260 of income, with a maximum of four credits per year. Your age at the time of your disability determines how many work credits you'll need to qualify for SSDI, but in general, you'll need 40, at least half of which had been earned in the past 10 years.
To qualify for SSDI, you will also have to pass the administration's strict disability criteria. Before you can start receiving benefits, you'll have to demonstrate that you're unable to work, can't retrain for another profession due to your disability, and likely won't recover for at least a year. These requirements set a high bar, which is why many disabled workers turn to a Social Security Disability attorney for help.
Whether you've recently been injured or have already been rejected, the attorneys at Rose Law Offices will provide the advice and legal assistance you need to collect the benefits you deserve. Visit the website to learn more about their wide array of effective legal services and Social Security Disability requirements. To discuss your case with an attorney, call (808) 534-1999 for the Honolulu office, (253) 864-0383 to speak with someone in Puyallup, or (253) 520-4989 for Kent.