Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits
Our Tampa Social Security Disability Lawyers Can Help You Apply
Mike Murburg, P.A. established our law firm in 1986 to help disabled Bay Area clients obtain the benefits to which they are entitled. Our team focuses exclusively on disability law so we can provide the most comprehensive services to every client.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) regularly denies applications for technical errors and for insufficient evidence of disabilities. A denial of your initial application can cause delays in important benefits and result in unnecessary hardships for you and your family. Our Tampa attorneys thoroughly review your circumstances and provide a candid assessment of your eligibility. We then submit an accurate, well-documented application to recover your benefits as early as possible. By getting us on board at the earliest stage, you can avoid many of common mistakes that tend to result in application denials.
Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI)
Social Security disability is a federal insurance program you pay into through your employment. Even after you have paid for Social Security disability insurance throughout your working life, it can be difficult to recover your benefits from the SSA. Understanding how this insurance program works can help you successfully complete the application process. Social Security disability eligibility is determined by two factors:
- First, that you paid into the program so you are insured
- Second, that your medical condition entitles you to receive benefits
Employment Requirement for Benefits Eligibility
You must have worked for the requisite number of years and recently enough to qualify for the Social Security disability program. The SSA bases eligibility on the number of work credits you have accumulated during your employment. You can earn up to four credits per year by paying Social Security taxes. The minimum quarterly income level needed to earn a credit increases each year. Typically, you need to earn 40 credits with at least 20 credits within the past 10 years up to the date of your disability. Younger workers usually become eligible with fewer credits.
When you connect with our legal team our attorneys will explain the complicated formula to you. We can also obtain and evaluate your records if you have any questions about meeting the employment requirement.
SSA’s Definition of a Disability
You must meet the Social Security Administration’s strict definition of a disability, as defined by the points below:
- Your disability interferes with your ability to perform the same job you did before
- You cannot adjust to another job, based on your medical condition, age, education, work experience and transferable skills
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death
- Your disability prevents you from working — in making this determination, the SSA considers whether you earn above the statutory monthly limit
Social Security disability only covers permanent, total disability. If you have a partial or short-term disability, our lawyers assess whether you may have other benefits options available.
Get the Help You Need With Your Social Security Disability Application
Mike Murburg, P.A. can guide you through the Social Security disability application process so you can recover your benefits as soon as possible. We offer a free evaluation and we do not bill you for attorneys’ fees and costs unless we reach a favorable result. Call our legal team at (813) 264-5363 or contact us online to schedule an appointment