The Social Security Administration has strict rules governing their policies for distributing Social Security Disability benefits. But as the old saying goes, there’s an exception to every rule.
Consider the case of a woman who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) seven years ago. Her condition left her unable to work and she applied for benefits. She received a Social Security Disability denial though, because she hadn’t received enough work credits to be approved for benefits.
The Social Security Administration requires most workers to have 40 work credits before they can be approved for benefits. One credit is accrued for every $1,220 a worker earns in a year and 20 of your credits must have been earned in the decade prior to applying for benefits.
According to Alive 11 News, the woman who was diagnosed with ALS was denied benefits because she had stopped working when she was 15 credits shy of Social Security Disability eligibility.
She and her family have appealed the decision, and recently, officials from the SSA have reached out to discuss what options may be available to help the woman get benefits.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’ve seen how complicated the policies and procedures overseeing Social Security Disability benefits can be. That’s why our Social Security Disability lawyers are hopeful the woman in this particular case can get the assistance she needs.