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Posted in: Social Security Disability on September 19th, 2012

Social Security Disability Insurance is a source of income for many Americans. Although the general thought is that disability benefits are provided to those who cannot work, the eligibility standards go far beyond that. In fact, qualifying for disability insurance can be quite difficult.

The Basics

When looking to apply for disability insurance there are several aspects that must be in line before benefits are approved. First, it must be determined that you are suffering a medical condition or illness that prevents you from working. Your inability to work may be temporary or long-term, but the real determination must be made by a legitimate physician that your condition impedes your ability to work for the next year or more. In other words, if you can make a living by modifying a job, working from home or online, you most likely will not be considered for benefits.

Not only must you  have a legitimate condition, diagnosed by a physician, but you must also have a traceable work history. Your prior work history must demonstrate that you have paid FICA taxes into the system. Not having a work history or not an adequate amount of FICA taxes can disqualify you from receiving benefits. The reason is that SSDI funds come directly from employment taxes. If you haven’t worked or paid taxes, you can’t claim the benefits. The general rule regarding work history is having worked and paid taxes for the last 5 of 10 years before applying for benefits.

The disability insurance process can be confusing and is highly individualized. If you are looking to apply for benefits, consult with a disability attorney to review your case and help you determine your eligibility or apply.

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