Social Security disability benefits are cash payments made to adults who cannot work due to disability for at least a year. These are federal benefits financed through a payroll tax.
There are two disability resources run by the Social Security Administration (SSA). These are the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.
SSDI is available for people who have paid into the system by paying income taxes prior to becoming disabled. Children of qualifying adults can also be eligible to receive these benefits.
SSI benefits are meant to help disabled people with low incomes. Eligible applicants do not have to have paid into the system in the past to receive these benefits.
To be eligible for SSDI benefits, you must be a disabled adult below retirement age who has paid a sufficient amount into the system. More specifically, you must have acquired at least 40 work credits, 20 of which must have been earned in the 10 years leading up to filing a disability claim.
The work credits you earn are based on your annual earnings. For each $1,410 earned in 2020, you acquire 1 credit. You can earn up to 4 credits each year, meaning you’ll need to work at least 10 years to qualify. However, younger workers can qualify with fewer credits.
People who are not qualified for SSDI benefits may qualify for SSI benefits. Eligibility for SSI is based on your income, which must be below the federal benefits rate. Other government benefits are also included in this calculation.
Social Security disability law refers to the legal issues surrounding who qualifies for disability benefits and how much money they should receive. If you have been denied benefits in the past, it can benefit you to work with a lawyer or advocate to appeal the decision and receive the benefits you deserve.
Look for a Social Security disability attorney in a law office that practices areas of workplace and personal injury law. You can find Social Security Disability Lawyers in Sterling Heights at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C.
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