How Do You Qualify For SSD/SSI Benefits?
The first question people ask about Social Security benefits is, “Do I qualify?” Many people apply, thinking that they qualify, only to get a denial. They assume that a denial means they do not qualify. That is not necessarily the case.
At Philip J. Fulton Law Office, our attorneys will thoroughly review your case to determine if you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. With more than 35 years of experience on our side, we know how to quickly identify opportunities to get you the benefits you need. No matter how challenging your case may seem, no matter whether you have been denied before, we will find a way to make it work.
The 12-Month Rule
If you have been disabled for 12 months or more, you qualify for benefits. If you are going to be disabled for 12 months or more, you qualify for benefits. As long as the 12-month rule is fulfilled, it does not matter what type of illness or injury is involved.
Social Security Payment History
To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must have paid into the Social Security system. You must have been employed at least five out of the past 10 years. There are exceptions to this rule. For example, if the injury happened or illness began at a time when you were eligible, you may qualify now.
Furthermore, if you are not eligible for SSDI benefits, you may be eligible for SSI benefits. These benefits are available to people who have been unemployed, who do not own homes and who do not, for one reason or another, meet the payment history requirement.
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Our services are available on a contingency fee basis, which means we ask for payment only if we are successful in getting you the benefits you need.