Do I qualify for SSDI?
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TO QUALIFY FOR SSDI:
1. You must be a United States citizen or permanent resident;
2. You must not be eligible to claim retirement benefits (younger than 65);
3. You must have worked A: recently enough, and B: for enough time;
A. To determine if you have worked enough to be covered, SSA applies the work credit system. To receive work “credit” you must earn a certain amount of money in a year. You can earn up to four work credits in any one year.
B. You are eligible for benefits if you have earned enough work credits. The number of work credits needed depends on your age when you became disabled. Generally, you need at least 20 credits in order to qualify, though younger workers may qualify with fewer credits.
4. You must be disabled (by SSA definition)
WORK NEEDED FOR THE “RECENT WORK TEST”:
If you became disabled… Then you generally need:
BEFORE AGE 24 You may qualify if you have 6 credits earned in the 3-year period ending when your disability starts.
AGE 24-31 You may qualify if you have credit for working half the time between age 21 and the time you became disabled.
AGE 31 OR OLDER You must have worked during 5 years out of the 10-year period ending with the quarter your disability began.
WORK NEEDED FOR THE “DURATION OF WORK TEST”:
If you became disabled… Then you generally need:
Before age 28 1.5 years of work
Age 30 2 years
Age 34 3 years
Age 38 4 years
Age 42 5 years
Age 44 5.5 years
Age 46 6 years
Age 48 6.5 years
Age 50 7 years
Age 52 7.5 years
Age 54 8 years
Age 56 8.5 years
Age 60 9.5 years
The Social Security Administration uses a 5 step process to decide if you are disabled.
1. Are You Working?
If you are working then the SSA will generally not consider you disabled. If you are not working, they proceed to step 2.
2. Is Your Medical Condition “Severe”?
For the agency to decide that you are disabled, your medical condition must significantly limit your ability to do basic work activities – such as walking, sitting and remembering – for at least one year. If your condition is that severe, the agency goes on to step 3.
3. Is Your Medical Condition on the List of Impairments?
The agency has a List of Impairments that describe medical conditions that are considered severe enough to make someone be considered disabled as defined by law. If the severity of your medical condition meets or equals that of a listed impairment, then the agency will decide that you are disabled.
4. Can You Do the Work You Did Before?
If your medical condition did not satisfy step 3 above, then the agency will decide whether you are capable of performing the same type of work that you performed before. If your condition prevents you from doing the same type of work, then the agency looks to step 5.
5. Can You Do Any Other Type of Work?
If you cannot do the work you did before, the agency will evaluate your age, your medical condition, your past work experience and skills to see if you could be used to do other work. Only if they decide that you cannot do other work will you be determined to be disabled.
It is best to contact the Tarasenko Law Firm as early as possible for help with your disability claim. Not only will we help you navigate through the application process and prepare you for a possible administrative hearing, but we will also help you gather and prepare your medical records.
According to California Congressman Robert T. Matsui, in 2000, 64% of claimants represented by an attorney were awarded benefits at the hearing level and only 40% of those without an attorney were awarded benefits.
Hiring the Tarasenko Law Firm will improve your odds of winning your Social Security Disability case dramatically because we can help you prove your disability prior to the hearing stage. Even if your case does proceed to a hearing, Kirill Tarasenko will be there to advocate on your behalf and help you prove your claim.
OUR FIRM WILL REPRESENT YOU ON A CONTINGENCY BASIS, MEANING YOU DO NOT PAY US ANYTHING IN ADVANCE. WE ONLY GET PAID IF WE WIN YOUR CASE. THE LAW OFFICES OF KIRILL TARASENKO WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY PROCESS. OUR CONSULTATION WILL COST YOU NOTHING BUT A LITTLE OF YOUR TIME. CALL THE TARASENKO LAW OFFICES TODAY AT (916) 542-0201 FOR A FREE CONSULTATION.
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