What Determines Social Security Disability Eligibility?

by Staff | January 6th, 2014

January 6, 2014

There are millions of Americans who are unable to work due to health conditions. For a majority of these individuals, Social Security Disability benefits are a lifeline to a resource for income. However, many individuals are curious as to how the amount of benefits a person receives is determined.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain the Social Security Administration uses the amount of money a claimant has made throughout their lifetime to determine the amount they should receive in benefits if determined to be disabled.

An article from CNS News stated the same standards are used to determine benefits for dependents as well. Those who may qualify for benefits based on another individual’s work include spouses and children. A husband or wife may be able to collect their spouse’s Social Security Disability benefits if they are over the age of 62-years-old or at any age if they are caring for a child who is younger than 16-years-old or disabled.

A child can collect a parent’s benefits if they are unmarried and younger than 18-years-old. They can also collect if they are 19-years-old or younger and attending an accredited school. They may continue to collect a parent’s benefits after the age of 18 if their disability affected them before the age of 22-years-old.

The law firm’s team of attorneys understand the complexities of the laws overseeing Social Security Disability Eligibility and encourage anyone considering applying to discuss their rights with a lawyer.

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