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Frequently Asked Questions

We welcome questions about Social Security Disability insurance and personal injury.  Please email us with your question, and we will do our best to provide a response.

For your reference, we also answer some frequently asked questions about cases on our website.  Please keep in mind that these responses may not apply to your case.  Only an attorney can provide advice specific to your unique circumstance.

Who is eligible for SSDI benefits?

Simply put, to be eligible for benefits, a person must be unable to do substantial gainful work because of a physical or mental impairment which is expected to last 12 months or more. There are many other complexities to SSDI claims, but that is the basic premise.

What will I need to apply for SSDI benefits?

Some of the basic items you will need include—

  • Social Security number
  • Birth certificate or other evidence of your date of birth
  • Military discharge papers, if you were in the military service
  • Bank account information
  • Information on doctors, hospitals or clinics that have treated you
  • Names of all medications you are taking
  • A copy of your W-2 Form or any other employment information

What is the earliest age I can apply for benefits?

While there is no minimum age, there are guidelines set forth by Social Security that you must meet in order to qualify. You can earn up to a maximum of four work credits per year. The amount of earnings required for a credit increases each year as general wage levels rise.

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Will I lose benefits when I return to work?

Not necessarily. In some cases, claimants can continue to receive benefits after they return to work.

Where can I find additional information on Social Security Disability benefits?

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