Social Security Disability claims and eligibility requirements are explicitly outlined by the Social Security Administration. It is important to understand these requirements prior to filing a claim for Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) so that one knows whether or not they are eligible to receive benefits. Those who do not understand what requirements should be met or whether their circumstances meet outlined qualifying criteria often make assumptions that lead them to not file or stop trying if their claim is at first denied.
The following lists basic information pertaining to Social Security eligibility that may be helpful to know prior to submitting an application for Social Security Disability benefits.
1. You must not be older than 65 years old. Social Security Disability Benefits are designed for disabled workers under the age of 65. However, you may be eligible for other programs whether or not you meet this requirement.
2. Generally speaking if you have worked a full time job 5 out of the last 10 years, you may be eligible for Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB). If you have not been able to work full time during those past 5 years you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
3. You must NOT be able to perform work on a regular sustained basis, despite the amount of hours you work and the money earned. Whereas, even a part-time job can disqualify you for receiving disability benefits if your earn more than minimum wage. Other activities for which you receive compensation such as housing, as well as full time educational pursuits can also be considered in determining eligibility.
4. Your disabling condition must be expected to last at least a minimum of 12 months or longer, or possible be a condition that is expected to result in death.
5. Regular medical treatment and documentation by a doctor, hospital or other medical professionals must be presented to the SSA to prove that you are disabled.
6. SSA will look back at all your work done in the past 15 years to see if you may be able to return to any of those types of employment, and if not, based on the nature of the jobs whether or not you may have acquired any skills that would transfer to a less demanding job setting.
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