Social Security can be confusing and overwhelming, especially for someone who has never dealt with them before. If you are applying for Social Security disability, there are many things you should know. Not everyone qualifies for disability. Very specific requirements need to be met. You have to be 18 years of age in order to apply or older, children with disabled parents might be eligible for SSI income, and you need work experience from a qualified job to be eligible for benefits.
Anyone over 18 can apply.
If you are 18 or older, this is only one of the things that make you eligible for applying and receiving Social Security disability benefits. You have to be 18 or over and have a medical or mental disability that makes you unable to work in a full-time 40-hour work week. If you believe that you have a disability and have doctor support that causes you not to be able to work, you can apply. Most doctors will be able to explain your medical condition and how it affects your disability eligibility. However, your disability can't be something that is only going to last a week or two. It has to be something that is going to last for quite some time, such as a period of at least six months or more.
Children with disabled parents might be eligible for SSI income.
Children who have a disabled parent might be eligible to receive social security payments as well. They would need to submit an application showing that their parent is disabled and already receiving assistance to be eligible. The child will receive payments based on whatever amount their qualifying parent receives. An attorney can help prepare the papers for the child to make sure they get the benefits they deserve as well.
You need work experience from a qualified job to be eligible for benefits.
You may apply for Social Security disability if you are 18 years or older and have a disability. You must have previous work experience in which you have paid into social security in order to receive benefits. Even if you only have a limited work history, this still qualifies you in most cases to be able to apply for disability benefits at your local Social Security disability administration office.
If you meet any of the above requirements and are interested in learning more about how to start receiving benefits, you can discuss your case with an attorney like one from Goebel Law Office who has handled countless cases just like yours in the past.