Request to Restart Social Security Disability Benefits

Once you have received Social Security benefits you may not need to apply again if you stopped receiving payments for a period of time. For instance, if you received Social Security disability benefits at one time and after a while you recovered enough to return to work, and your payments were discontinued, you will not need to apply for benefits again if your disability returns. Instead, you may request to restart your Social Security disability benefits. However, there are a…

Work Credits Required for Social Security Disability

Several factors determine how many work credits you need to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The number of work credits required is dependent on your age when you do become disabled. Additionally, work credits have to be earned within a given time period. Most commonly, you must have earned 20 credits within 10 years up until the year in which you became disabled. If you are 31 or younger, you may qualify for Social Security disability with less…

How Worker’s Comp Affects Social Security Disability Benefits

If you receive disability payments from worker’s compensation and/or payments from another form of public disability, your Social Security disability benefits may be reduced. Your combined incomes from your worker’s compensation and your Social Security disability benefits can not exceed 80 percent of your monthly average earnings. To ensure that your disability benefits and worker’s compensation payments are not more than 80 percent of your average earnings, your Social Security disability payments will be reduced. Workers compensation is payment made…

Social Security Disability Benefits for Prior Disability

If you were disabled several years ago and are now healthy, you may be able to receive disability benefits for the time you were disabled and could not work. This will be considered as a closed period of disability. To receive benefits for a closed period of disability you must have filed a Social Security disability benefit application within 14 months after your disability ended. Or you must have filed a Social Security disability benefit application between 15 and 36…

Defining Disability for Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security decides if you, as an adult, are disabled based on whether or not you are able to work due to a medical condition. Social Security does not provide benefits if you are partially disabled or have a short-term disability. If you are unable to do the work you were able to do before your disability, and your disability is expected to last at least one year or result in your death, you may be considered disabled. Your medical…

Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits with a Terminal Illness

If you have a terminal illness, you can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The requirements are the same for people with terminal illnesses as they are for non-terminal illnesses. If you are filing for disability benefits and you have a terminal illness, or potentially terminal illness, your claim will be reviewed as quickly as possible. Early in the claim review process, a Social Security representative will be made aware of your potentially terminal illness through your documents, or by…

Wait Period for Additional Social Security Disability Claims

If you reapply for Social Security disability benefits within 5 years after your initial disability benefits stopped, you do not have to wait 5 months to receive disability again. You must still file a disability claim and it can still take 3-5 months for your medical information and non-medical information to be obtained and reviewed. Once you are approved as disabled, you will start receiving disability benefits again. The time it takes to review your claim can be shortened however,…

Non-Medical Requirements for Social Security Disability

In order to receive Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will have your medical information reviewed in addition to non-medical requirements reviewed for eligibility. Non-medical requirements consist of proof of your age, your employment, if you are married or single, or your Social Security coverage information. In order to receive Social Security Disability benefits, you must have a disability that meets the Social Security Administration’s definition as well as meet the non-medical criteria. Usually, the Disability Determination Services…

Receive SSI and Social Security Benefits

You may be able to receive both Supplemental Security Income and Social Security benefits, if your monthly Social Security payment is low enough. In determining if you are eligible for SSI, your monthly income will be taken into consideration. If you receive Social Security benefits and you are applying for SSI, part of your monthly Social Security income will not count in determining if you are eligible for SSI. Feel free to contact a Social Security disability lawyer who specializes…

Return to Work and Lose Social Security Disability Benefits

When you return to work, you will not lose your Social Security disability benefits right away. The Social Security Administration has “work incentives” that help you go back to work and still receive the benefits you need. You are allowed a trial work period in which you will still receive disability benefits, while testing your ability to return to work. If after a trial work period you are earning a substantial income, you will no longer receive benefits. However, if…