For those who are unable to work because of a mental or physical condition, Social Security Disability Benefits may be an only option as a source of income; however, many citizens do not understand the complexities associated with qualifying for the program.
One of the greatest misconceptions about Social Security Disability is that if an individual is working, they automatically will qualify for benefits if they are injured on-the-job. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth though.
The Social Security Administration requires that an individual work long enough to pay into the system before pulling benefits from it. An individual’s eligibility for Social Security is actually based off the number of credits they earn for time worked.
For instance, if a worker is hurt in the quarter before they turn 24-years-old, they typically must work for a year and a half during the three-year-period prior to becoming disabled. After the age of 24, the individual must typically have worked at least half of the time.
If an injured worker believes they may qualify for benefits, they should immediately begin the application process because of the amount of time it takes to process a claim.
The Social Security Disability Lawyers at the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how difficult the application process for Social Security Disability benefits can be to understand. The firm is here to help anyone who is unable to work get the compensation they need.