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Disability

Our disability experts are here to assist you through the complex disability benefits process

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SSDI Basics

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FAQs

How do I apply for disability benefits?

You can apply for Social Security Disability benefits: 1) in person by visiting your local Social Security office, 2) by phone by calling 1.800.772.1213, or 3) online by visiting www.ssa.gov. If you apply online, contact Social Security by phone to ensure your application is in their system.

How many work credits do I need in order to qualify for disability insurance benefits?

The number of work credits you need to qualify for disability insurance benefits depends on your age. There are special rules for claimants under 30. If you are between the ages of 31-42, you’ll need at least 20 credits to qualify. After the age of 42, the number of work credits to qualify increases. Once you are 62 or older, the maximum of 40 work credits are required.

How severe does my injury or illness need to be in order to qualify?

A qualified medical physician must determine your condition to cause severe functional limitations. Additionally, your impairment must meet or equal a Social Security ‘listing’ or prevent you from ‘substantial gainful activity’. 

How long does it take to receive a decision from the Social Security Administration?

It can take 3 to 6 months to receive a decision. If you are not satisfied with the SSA’s decision, you have the right to appeal the decision by filing a request for Reconsideration. If your Reconsideration is denied, you will need to request a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). It can take between 6 months and 2 years to have an ALJ assigned to your claim.

What should I do if my claim is denied?

Don’t give up! Reach out to us here at The Disability Help Group, and we will get started on your appeal.