Millions of Americans rely on Social Security benefits to pay for things like housing, food, clothing, and other basic necessities. If you are struggling to get by, perhaps it’s time for you to apply for Social Security benefits too.
According to the social security lawyers of the Rose Law Offices in Puyallup, WA, and Honolulu, HI, here are three ways you may qualify for Social Security benefits:
1. Reach Retirement Age
The most common type of Social Security benefits is those given to people who have reached retirement age. All Americans with enough work history over the course of their lives will qualify for these benefits. The amount of your monthly benefits will depend on how much money you earned over your working career, and you’re eligible for these benefits once you reach the age of 62. However, if you wait until you are 66 to retire, your monthly benefits will be higher.
2. Prove You Are Disabled
You can also qualify for Social Security benefits if you are unable to work due to a disability. There are two different types of disability benefits: SSI and SSDI. To qualify for either of these disability benefits, you must prove you have been unable to work for at least 12 months due to a serious disability — you will need to provide medical evidence from a doctor detailing your disability to qualify for disability benefits.
3. Speak With A Lawyer
Even if you are eligible for Social Security benefits, your application may be denied. This can happen if you make a mistake on your application or if you fail to provide enough information to the Social Security Administration. If you’re serious about getting benefits, you should speak with a social security lawyer today.
For help completing an application for Social Security benefits or for help appealing a denial, contact Rose Law Offices at (253) 864-0383 (Washington) or (808) 534-1999 (Hawaii). You can also visit the website to set up your initial consultation.