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Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?

The United States Federal government administers two Social Security Disability benefits programs. Social Security Disability claimants must meet specific criteria to qualify for each program.

Social Security Disability Insurance

Claimants who have worked and paid sufficient Social Security taxes may be “insured” and covered by Social Security Disability Insurance. Claimants will earn “work credits” for work and must generally have 40 work credits to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Younger claimants may need fewer credits. Claimants must also:

Supplemental Security Income



Social Security Disability claimants who have not worked and do not have sufficient work credits to be considered insured can not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, they may, however, be able to qualify for Supplemental Security Income or SSI. SSI was created to help claimants who have limited income and resources. To meet the eligibility requirements for Supplemental Security Income a claimant must:

If you have questions regarding your Social Security Disability eligibility, contact the Social Security Administration or visit their website at www.ssa.gov. The Social Security Administration has a useful website that can answer most of your Social Security Disability questions. Social Security Disability claimants who have stopped working due to a physical or mental health conditions may be considered disabled if their physical or mental health condition is expected to last at least 12 months or result in their death. Social Security Disability claimants may also contact a Social Security Disability lawyer for more information. Disability lawyers specialize in winning Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits for their clients everyday.