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Social Security Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements for SSDI

Under the Social Security Act, Social Security disability income federal benefits are paid to those who can no longer work due to a medical condition that is expected to last for a year or which is terminal. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides an extensive list of the physical and mental impairments, injuries, and diseases that constitute disability under this definition. Those who qualify as disabled must show sufficient proof of such a disability through the application and documentation process. They must also qualify under two different earnings tests.

These tests include a recent-work test that lists the number of years of work required prior to your disability at a given age as well as a duration-of-work test, which means you must have worked long enough overall to qualify for benefits. For example, if you became disabled at age 31 or older, you must have worked 5 years out of a 10-year period ending with the quarter when your disability occurred.

To learn more about your specific situation as regards your medical condition and your previous work history, I recommend that you contact me at my firm for an initial consultation about all aspects of your eligibility for SSDI benefits. After a thorough evaluation of your case, I can explain your options and help you with any claims application or appeal. In my practice as a Rochester Social Security disability lawyer, I have come across every scenario involved in the claims process and know the most effective way to present your case to the SSA for the best possible case results.

SSI Eligibility

Those eligible for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program also must qualify under the disability definition provided by the SSA. These applicants may be adults aged 65 or above or children, the blind, or disabled with incomes and resources below a certain level. These levels are determined by factors such as the state one lives in, living arrangements, and the type of income the individual may have. For assistance with the SSI application process and to learn if and how you may qualify, I recommend that you consult with me at my offices for specific guidance based on your unique circumstances. Eligibility requirements for federal disability benefits are very specific; to ensure that you qualify, it is important to seek legal help from an attorney who is thoroughly versed in Social Security disability law. Contact a Rochester Social Security Disability attorney from firm today.

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