All About Florida SSDI Benefits
SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. For individuals younger than 65 years-of-age that have the right amount of work credits and are disabled, SSDI is a program that can offer financial assistance. Not all disabilities are recognized under SSDI, only some are. If your disability is listed in their own blue book or if you can pass the tests related to why your impairment should qualify you can obtain the benefits. If you need Florida SSDI, you need the most effective legal representation to help your efforts and to ensure you are successful.
How Do You Qualify for SSDI?
If you believe you have a disability that prevents you from working for which you should be able to qualify to receive SSDI payments, then there are a couple of things that must be true. First, you must have worked for long enough that you accumulated enough work credits. Each year you get credits for your work based on how much you make. Another thing that happens each year is that the amount of work credits that qualify for SSDI changes, so it is prudent to always be up-to-date on the credits that are required for the year you want to apply for the benefits program. In addition to the amount of income you receive each year, your age, and the date when you became disabled are also used in determining eligibility.
If you have the right amount of work credits and you can easily prove that your ailment renders you completely unable to work in any capacity for at least 12 months or for the rest of your life, you could be a valid candidate for SSDI. You will need to pass the following tests:
- Meet the definition of what the Social Security Administration says is a qualifying disability.
- Testing how severe your disability is and if it stops you from working and being able to earn the money necessary to live.
- Medical documentation proving your diagnosis and the extent of your condition.
- Examining if there are any work options available to you.
When a person has lost their sight or is widowed, if you are a member of the armed services, and when a parent or caregiver is applying for the benefit for a child a different set of rules will apply.
There are situations where successful claims can also make benefits available for spouses and children. For your spouse to qualify he or she must be younger than 62 years-of-age and be the other person that cares for your children with you. Your children must be younger than 16 years-of-age. When divorce is involved, your spouse may still have the ability to receive benefits but only if you were married to him or her for at least 10 years. Children that can receive benefits when they have not yet reached age 18 and if they aren’t married or going to school.
File a Successful SSDI Claim Today
It is no easy endeavor to file a Florida SSDI claim that is successful. The process is frustrating, complicated, intricate, and difficult to comprehend. You may literally wait for years until you get benefits if you get them at all. To improve your chances of a successful claim and to reduce the time it takes to receive your benefits call Stephen M. Andrews. Stephen M. Andrews is a Tallahassee SSDI compensation lawyer who knows the system and what it takes to get benefits. Call Stephen M. Andrews today to speak with a resourceful Florida SSDI attorney at (850) 906-9599 during a free, no-obligation consultation.