Friday, July 18, 2014

FAQs about SSD Benefits Eligibility

The screening process for SSD benefits can be confusing for many applicants. Take the time to read some of the most frequently asked questions regarding application for SSD benefits:

My condition isn’t permanent. Do I still have a chance to receive my benefits?

Your condition does not have to be permanent for you to become eligible for SSD benefits. However, your condition must be expected to last for at least 12 months before you become eligible.

What if my condition isn’t specifically mentioned in the ‘Blue Book’?

Contrary to popular belief, there are times when the Social Security Administration (SSA) will decide to cover a condition that is not in the Blue Book*. If the SSA determines that your condition is similar or equivalent to any of the criteria in the Blue Book, you may be granted SSD benefits.

* The Blue Book is a long list of conditions that the SSA covers. You may check the SSA website to view the entire list

How many units should I have before becoming eligible?

This depends on your age. Adults ages 31 to 42 need 20 units earned within the last 10 years to be eligible. Young adults who become disabled follow a different unit matrix.

As you can see, there are several considerations that may alter your eligibility for disability benefits. For a clearer picture on where you stand in terms of eligibility, you may want to consult an experienced social security disability lawyer before submitting a claim.


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