Besides meeting Social Security’s strict criteria for disability, in order to qualify for SSDI benefits you must also have paid a sufficient amount into the Social Security system during your previous jobs.
The amount you need to have earned for a credit is adjusted each year according to the national average wage index. You may only earn four credits over the course of one year, no matter the size of your income.
The number of work credits you need to qualify for SSDI benefits vary significantly for applicants between the ages of 31 to 61.
For applicants born after 1929 that became disabled at age:
- 31 through 42, 20 credits are needed
- 44, 22 credits are needed
- 46, 24 credits are needed
- 48, 26 credits are needed
- 50, 28 credits are needed
- 52, 30 credits are needed
- 54, 32 credits are needed
- 56, 34 credits are needed
- 58, 36 credits are needed
- 60, 38 credits are needed
- 62 or older, 40 credits are needed
Additionally, the applicant will need to have earned at least 20 of the necessary work credits in the decade before becoming disabled. This restriction is lifted for people who are filing due to blindness.
Qualifying for Social Security disability benefits is never a straightforward process. Working with a Butte disability benefits attorney significantly improves your odds of approval with a minimum of unnecessary delays. Take control of your disability benefits claim today by contacting the Ledgerwood Law Group at 888.761.7383.
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