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Filing for Social Security benefits can seem a daunting task. Whether you’ve been injured in a car wreck, or you’re suffering from an ailment that constitutes long-term disability, you will have to know how to deal with the SSA to get your benefits.

What qualifies you for disability is pretty standard. To qualify for regular disability, you must have worked and paid into Social Security taxes for ten (10) years. How much you receive, will depend on how much you’ve paid in.

You will have to show that you have been disabled for a continuous period of 12 months or longer, or that it is anticipated that you will be disabled for a continuous period of 12 months or longer. On the very first day that you’re unable to work, you may file for Social Security Disability benefits.

It is a needs-based program, and while you may not have paid in enough to quality for regular disability, there are other criteria. The bottom line is that you are not able to work 5-days a week, or 40-hours, are two things that will be considered. A lawyer can help you sort through all of these issues.

Usually, the first time you file for SS disability, it is recommended that you do that on your own by going into a SS office for a face-to-face interview with staff there. Of course, an attorney can advise you on how to do this and possibly save you a lot of time an frustration.

For children who are on disability, the coverage ends at the age of 18 years. After that time, the person will undergo a redetermination to decide whether or not they are now covered by the adult listings of the disability, or the case law.

If you have questions about Social Security Disability, consult our Online Legal Directory to find an attorney in your area.

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