• Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits?

    Part of the confusion and complication of Social Security disability can come in simply attempting to determine the benefit qualifications in the first place. Social security benefit qualifications are intricate and open to a variety of interpretations. These complications are the main reason that the majority of claims are denied in the initial application process. Experienced, knowledgeable legal representation can overcome this confusion and help reverse the initial denials.

    Disables veterans can face many more obstacles on top of these. It can be even more challenging to navigate the application process, especially considering the wide range of benefits available to veterans. While disabled veterans benefits are not offset by the receipt of Social Security disability benefits, it is still important to work with a knowledgeable lawyer, like the ones at Murray, Rose & Associates, to help you navigate the unique applications involved in obtaining all the benefits available to you including disabled veteran and SSD benefits you may be eligible for.

    The basic qualifications for the various Social Security disability programs are listed below. For more assistance in determining your eligibility or applying for these programs, call our law office today!

  • Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI)

    • You must have paid FICA taxes or Self-Employed taxes through working
    • Your work history must satisfy pre-determined, age-dependent time minimums
    • You must possess a significant mental or physical disability
    • The disability must match one found in current listings for adult or child impairments
    • The disability must hinder you from earning a substantial income
    • Your disability has to be documented by your doctor(s)
    • Your disability must persist or be expected to persist more than 12 months
    • If you are working while disabled, you must not earn more than a pre-determined amount

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

    • People of any age can receive these benefits – minors and adults alike
    • You must have a low income and possess limited assets
    • You must have a serious physical or mental disability
    • The disability must match one found in current listings for adult or child impairments
    • The disability must hinder you from earning a substantial income
    • Your disability has to be documented by your doctor(s)
    • Your disability must persist or be expected to persist more than 12 months
    • If you are working while disabled, you must not earn more than a pre-determined amount

  • Benefits for Disabled Adult Children

    • The disability must have presented itself before the age of 22
    • A parent must be receiving SSDI insurance or retirement benefits or must be deceased
    • The adult child must have a significant physical or mental disability
    • The adult child’s disability must match one found in current listings for adult or child impairments
    • The disability must prevent the adult child from earning a substantial income
    • The disability must be documented by the adult child’s doctor(s)
    • The disability must have persisted or be expected to persist more than 12 months
    • If the adult child is working, they may not earn more than a pre-determined amount

  • Disabled Widow’s and Widower’s Benefits

    • Disabled widows or widowers must be over the age of 50
    • The spouse or former spouse must have worked and paid Social Security taxes
    • The widow or widower must have been married to the spouse at the time of death OR
    • The widow or widower must have been married to a divorced spouse for at least 10 years
    • You must possess a serious physical or mental disability
    • The disability must match one found in current listings for adult or child impairments
    • The disability must hinder you from earning a substantial income
    • Your disability has to be documented by your doctor(s)
    • Your disability must persist or be expected to persist more than 12 months
    • If you are working while disabled, you must not earn more than a pre-determined amount

  • If You’re Over 50 Years of Age

    Disabled workers over 50 years old may have a special situation when applying for Social Security disability insurance. If you’ve worked a physically demanding job but are no longer able to perform your duties due to illness or injury and have medical evidence that shows you are unable to perform this work, you may qualify for SSA benefits. If your disability only allows for unskilled sedentary work, the Social Security Administration presumes that the transition to this type of work will be impossible. Even if you are only close to 50 years old and your initial application is denied, there is a chance that you can still get benefits on appeal if you turn 50 during the process. For claimants 55 or older, even a claim that has been denied due to the ability to perform light unskilled work with little exertion may be overturned because the Social Security system assumes you will be unable to make a transition to that kind of work.

    Due to all of the above, an initial denial of benefits for older workers is not necessarily the end of the process. Call the experienced Social Security lawyers at Murray, Rose & Associates to help you through your case and we may be able to reverse denial decisions and help you get the benefits you’ve earned. Do not get discouraged by an initial application denial! Call our law office to fight by your side!