Determining Social Security Disability Eligibility

by Staff | January 12th, 2015

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security Disability benefits as a source of income, and each year, more citizens apply for federal assistance programs. Many of the people who depend on SSD benefits are asking, “How is the amount in benefits each disabled citizen receives determined?”

While many believe benefits are figured based on the severity of the condition or individual need, it’s actually more complicated than that. Instead, Social Security Disability eligibility and payments are determined based on the amount of time the recipient has worked as well as how much income they made during that time.

Social Security Disability eligibility is based on a credit system, with Americans earning credits for the annual income they earn. The Social Security Administration says you typically need 40 credits—20 of which must be earned within the last decade prior to developing your condition—to receive benefits; however, this number can be modified based on your age.

Other factors that can affect Social Security Disability eligibility include citizenship, education, and even marital status.

With so many variables coming into play with determining your Social Security Disability eligibility, it’s easy to see why it’s so important to have legal representation by your side throughout the application process.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have helped many disabled citizens get the benefits they deserve and can do the same for you. Call our Social Security Disability lawyers today at (800) 477-7315 today for a free consultation of your case.

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