The trial months can be spread out over five years, and during these months you can get your full benefit regardless of your earnings. Find the answers to the most common Social Security questions such as when to claim, how to maximize your retirement benefits and more. You are leaving AARP.
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Share with linkedin. By law, Social Security has a very strict definition of adult disability. To be found disabled:.
You may collect up to 52 weeks of full DI benefits, or the amount of wages in your base period, whichever is less. Hi there, The SSA may not go after people who report fraud in good faith. Share with linkedin. You can earn up to four credits per year of employment. Your spouse and minor or disabled children are also eligible for benefits.
Social Security also has a strict definition of disability for children. The worker must have worked and paid Social Security taxes for a sufficient period of time to be covered under Social Security insurance; some of the taxes must have been paid in recent years; and.
For more information about the SSI program go to: www. It may take several months to process an application for disability benefits, so you should apply as soon as you become disabled. To apply for disability benefits, you will need to complete an application for Social Security Benefits and the Disability Report.
You can complete the Disability Report online at www. To identify what information you will need when you apply for Disability Benefits, go to: www. You may also visit the Social Security Administration web site at www. The Social Security Administration first reviews applications for disability benefits to determine if the basic requirements of eligibility are met. Information that may be requested from your doctor includes:.
BDD may also ask the doctors for information about your ability to do work-related activities, such as walking, sitting, lifting, carrying and remembering instructions. Your doctors are not asked to decide if you are disabled. For children, information may be requested from medical sources, school sources and other people who know about the child.
If additional information is necessary, special examinations, at no cost to the applicant, will be scheduled to obtain the required information.
While there are some conditions the Social Security Administration SSA considers so severe they automatically render an applicant disabled, many conditions require careful screening. Are you currently working? Is your condition "severe"? If Social Security determines that your condition does not interfere with basic work-related activities, you will not be considered disabled.
If your condition does interfere with basic work-related activities, you move on to question three. Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions?
If your condition is not one of these, Social Security will determine if it is severe enough to qualify. If so, you will be considered disabled and your application will be approved.
If not, you move on to question four. Can you do the work you did previously?
If your condition does not interfere with your ability to do the work you used to do, you will not be considered disabled. If it does, you move on to question five.
Can you do any other type of work? If Social Security determines that you can adjust to other suitable work—taking into account your condition, age, education, previous work experience and other factors—you will not be considered disabled and your claim will be denied. If you cannot adjust, your claim will be approved.