If you have a disability that affects your ability to work, you could be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits. SSDI offers financial assistance if you are disabled and meet specific criteria, such as having a qualifying disability. Social Security Disability has gotten more challenging to qualify for, so you should have an Illinois Social Security Disability attorney at Harold W. Conick & Associates assist you.
To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have a certain quantity of work credits based on your age. You receive four work credits per year as long as Social Security covers the job. Because you work, and you paid into the system you should be eligible for disability if you meet specific criteria, such as having a disability.
The monthly SSEI benefits you receive depend on your average earnings for life before you became disabled. As of 2019, the average monthly SSDI benefit was $1,234. But most who qualify can claim between $800-$1,800. Each year, the Social Security Administration gives you a Social Security Statement that lists your covered earnings, which can help you estimate the SSDI you will receive.
To qualify as disabled to receive SSDI, your condition has to restrict your ability to work. Not every condition makes you eligible for Social Security Disability, so you should review the SSA’s list of impairments to see if your condition may qualify. If your condition is not on the list, you could still be eligible if you meet specific criteria and have sufficient medical documentation. According to the SSA, it considers that you have a qualifying disability under its rules if the following are true:
Further, the SSA will follow its step-by-step process involving the following questions to decide if your disability qualifies:
Getting Social Security Disability is not easy, but it is possible with a skilled attorney helping you. If you have questions about your case, call (800) 608-8881, and our Illinois Social Security Disability attorney at Harold W. Conick & Associates can review your situation.