Social Security Disability
Yorkville Social Security Disability Attorney
An Experienced Lawyer Helping You Obtain Your SSDI Benefits in Kendall County
The federal government’s Social Security Administration offers benefits to disabled individuals throughout the country. If you have questions about your eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Disability benefits and how to apply, contact Attorney Matt Walker for legal assistance. He will take a closer look at your situation to help you apply for your benefits and get back on your feet. He genuinely cares about his clients and aims to provide reliable and thoughtful assistance, especially when you are dealing with matters as confusing as Social Security Disability benefits.
Schedule an initial appointment with Attorney Matt Walker to discuss your Social Security Disability concerns with an experienced legal professional.
What Is the Social Security Disability Program?
The SSA pays monthly benefits to people who are unable to work for one year or more because of a disability. Benefits usually continue until you can work regularly again. Additionally, Social Security pays only for total disability; no benefits are available for those with partial disability or short-term disability. This is because the Social Security program presumes that working families have access to other resources to provide support during short-term periods of disability, such as workers' compensation, insurance, savings, and financial investments.
Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits?
To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you must meet the following criteria:
- Have previously worked in jobs covered by Social Security amounting to the required number of work credits
- Have a medical condition that meets Social Security's definition of disability
Social Security work credits are calculated from your total yearly wages. The amount of wages per work credit varies each year, but in 2022 you can earn one work credit for each $1,510 you make in wages. The number of work credits you will need to obtain disability benefits depends on your age. Generally, you must have at least 40 credits, 20 of which must be from the last 10 years.
Once you have acquired the work credits needed for eligibility, the SSA will then examine whether you have a qualifying disability. To do this, they will consider:
- Whether you are working. You will not be eligible if you are currently working and earn more than $1,350 on average per month.
- Whether your condition is severe. Your disability must significantly limit your ability for 12 months or more to do basic work-related activities like lifting, walking, standing, sitting, remembering information.
- Whether your condition is in the SSA’s list of disabling medical conditions. The SSA has a predetermined list of disabling conditions. If your disability is not listed, it is still possible to qualify if your condition is deemed severe enough and prevented you from performing your previous work.
- Whether there is other work you could do. The SSA will see if there are other types of work you could do despite your medical condition. If there are not, you have a qualifying disability and are eligible for benefits.
In short, you are considered to have a qualifying disability in the context of Social Security if you cannot do work because of your medical condition, you cannot adjust to other kinds of work because of your medical condition, and your condition has lasted or will last for at least another year or result in death.
Let Attorney Matt Walker Help You Apply
It can be physically and mentally taxing to parse through all the requirements for your SSDI benefits application. Attorney Matt Walker is here to ease the legal process as you focus on healing and taking care of yourself and your family. He will help you gather all the appropriate medical documents and work evidence for your application, and will do his best to help you obtain the financial benefits you need to stay afloat.
Schedule an initial consultation with Attorney Matt Walker for more information on how he can help you apply for disability benefits today.
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