Social Security Disability Requirements and Eligibility
Are you unsure whether you meet the criteria for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?
Understanding the Social Security disability requirements can help you get the benefits you deserve, and our attorneys have the experience and resources you need to fight for them.
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Social Security Disability Requirements for Adults and Children
Many may believe that SSDI benefits are only for adults, but the Social Security Administration extends some benefits to children who are disabled once they have turned 18.
Not sure if you are eligible to receive disability benefits?
Learn about the specific requirements for both types of SSDI recipients below.
Adult SSDI Qualifying Factors
Having a condition that the Social Security Administration considers to be disabling is crucial to receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Adults seeking SSDI must:
- Be unable to perform the work they had done previously;
- Have made sufficient payments into Social Security through employment;
- Be unable to adjust to other types of work because of their condition;
- Have a disabling condition that is expected to last one year or longer or result in death.
Child SSDI Qualifying Factors
Children can receive SSDI benefits on a parents record in two instances as long as the following requirements are met:
- The child is not married and is under 18 years old; or
- The child is under 19, enrolled full time as a student in a secondary school; or
- The child is disabled and the impairment began before the child turned 22.
In some cases, grandchildren whose biological parents are deceased or disabled may be eligible for SSDI benefits if the grandparent provides regular support.
The administrations definition of a disabling illness may be different than other programs, however, and it only pays for total disability, not partial or short-term.
For questions about receiving SSDI benefits, whether for an adult or a child, contact Goldberg Finnegan today.