There is no age requirement to collect Social Security Disability benefits. Other conditions, such as how long you were employed prior to becoming disabled, will factor into to your eligibility for SSD. 

In order to qualify for SSD benefits, you must be able to meet certain conditions.  Often, first-time claims for SSD are denied; a Social Security lawyer in Morristown can help to expedite the process. 

If you have worked in an occupation covered by Social Security, the amount you earn will translate into work credits. In 2012, for instance, for every $1,130 you earn, you receive one work credit, with a maximum of four credits per year. 

The number of work credits you have accumulated before becoming disabled will determine if you qualify for SSD benefits: 

  • You will need six credits earned within a three-year period if you are age 24 or younger;
  • Those aged 31 to 42 will need 20 work credits and five years of work; and
  • 40 work credits earned over a 10-year span are required for those who are 62 or older. 

For a more exhaustive list of age and work credit requirements, see the Social Security Administration’s chart

A Social Security Lawyer in Morris Plains Can Help 

There are special situations in which the Social Security Administration’s strict eligibility rules do not apply; those who are blind or have low vision, or military service members who became disabled while on active duty, do not need to meet the usual requirements. At the law office of Manfred F. Ricciardelli Jr., we know that each situation is different, and the rules can be complex and confusing. We will fight for your entitlement to Social Security disability to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve. To schedule a complimentary consultation, call 1-973-285-1100 today. 

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