The Social Security Administration offers two forms of benefits for disabled people who are unable to work. Depending on your income level and severity of disability, you may qualify for disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income.
This page discusses how to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits
In order to qualify for Social Security, a person must:
Substantial gainful activity is a standard that the Social Security administration uses to measure whether or not a person is earning enough to support themselves. It is measured in terms of monthly earnings, and changes each year to keep up with economic factors. In 2017, the SGA limit is $1,170 per month. This means that if a person has an illness, injury, or condition that keeps them from earning at least $1,170, then they can apply for disability benefits. The limit for blind individuals is higher; it is $1,950 for the same year.
The SGA limit applies to full-time or part-time work. In order to prove that your wages are suffering as a result of an injury or condition, the Social Security Administration will request information about your work history and tax returns. If you're worried that your income is on the verge of disqualifying you from disability benefits, discuss your case with an experienced disability attorney.
Disabilities that Qualify for Disablity BenefitsThere are many ways that a person can become injured or sick enough to lose the ability to work. The Social Security Administration has a list of ailments that qualify a person for disability benefits, including:
There are many ailments included in the "Blue Book," but yours doesn't have to be listed in order to qualify. If you can demonstrate that your unlisted disorder keeps you from working and earning enough income for yourself or your family, you can apply for benefits.
Coye Law Firm helps claimants appeal their denied disability claims. After you've made an initial application and received an unfavorable decision, call us today at (407) 648-4940 to set up a free consultation with your disability team.
Meet Your Disablity Team!
Your Attorney: Marchella McGinnis was born in Hillsboro, Ohio and graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in Political Science. She moved to Florida in 2014, graduated from Barry School of Law in May 2016 and passed the Florida Bar shortly thereafter. Marchella is an expert in Social Security and Veteran Affairs cases.
She is also assisting the Family Law department by handling some adoption cases. Marchella has a passion for helping families and children in foster care. She currently serves as a Guardian Ad Litem in Osceola County and Orange County. In her free time, Marchella enjoys hiking and other outdoor adventures. She has two Siberian huskies, Apollo and Alaska; four cats, Amelia, Schrodinger, Sasha, and Rogue; and one rabbit, DarkFire.
The expert disability attorneys at Coye Law Firm are experienced with Florida, New York, Michigan, and District of Columbia law and are here to help the disabled.
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For many of our clients, the ability to obtain benefits from Social Security is crucial in order to afford the basics of life and keep a roof over their heads. Unfortunately, applying for these benefits and navigating the system on your own can become complicated, and a weak or incomplete claim could languish for a long time before ultimately being denied.
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