Commonly Asked Questions Regarding Social Security Disability

December 6, 2016

Individuals who need extra help, especially individuals with disabilities, often get help from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Although the SSA helps them, how to get said help is not always clear. As a result, individuals who need help ask questions, and some questions are asked more often than others. Our Philadelphia Social Security Disability lawyers will answer those questions for you, but we thought you might find this list helpful if you’re in the beginning stages of applying:
  • What do you need to qualify for Social Security?
  • How do you acquire credit for Social Security, and how much credit is required?
  • Do you have to wait before you can receive benefits?
  • How long do you have to wait before the SSA decides your case?
  • Does the law permit you to receive benefits for a month or months prior to submitting your application to the SSA?

What do you need to qualify for Social Security Disability?

To be eligible for Social Security, you must present medical evidence demonstrating that you are indeed disabled, per the SSA’s definition; you also must give financial evidence showing you are indeed in need of monetary assistance. To be eligible for job-related benefits, you are to have been working for a certain amount of time, often for a decade or more.

How do you acquire credit for Social Security, and how much credit is required?

To determine your Social Security credit, the SSA adds your annual income all together. As of 2016, the monetary amount required to acquire credit is $1,260, and you can acquire no more than four credits per year (roughly $5,040 per year). How much credit is required is determined by how old you were when you filed for benefits; nevertheless, any more than forty credits is not required. Moreover, how much money is required to acquire one credit instantly rises annually when average earnings rise.

Do you have to wait before you can receive benefits?

If you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must wait for five months to pass before you start receiving benefits. You receive your first payment for the sixth month after the date when the SSA determined you are indeed disabled.

How long do you have to wait before the SSA decides your case?

How long you must wait before the SSA decides your case depends on:

  • What disability you have
  • How fast the SSA receive your proper and official medical documentation
  • If the SSA determines that medical experts must examine you
  • If the SSA believes it must examine the quality of your application

Does the law permit you to receive benefits for a month or months prior to submitting your application to the SSA?

You might receive benefits up to a year prior to submitting your application if the SSA determines that you were disabled during that period, and that you meet every single other criterion.

Do you want to apply for benefits? Talk to the Philadelphia Social Security Disability lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates. For more information, contact us or call 888.PITT.LAW to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.

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