If you find yourself unable to work and wish to pursue your Orlando Social Security benefits, double check that you meet these qualifications before pursuing action.
If you find yourself unable to work, social security disability is meant to cover your living expenses. However, there is a specific list of criteria you must meet to receive payment for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Luckily, they have made it easy to navigate the conditions to see whether you’re eligible or not.
Here are the three main requirements you must meet in order to receive Orlando Social Security benefits:
1. You’ve had a job covered by social security.
To start, you must have worked a job covered by Social Security. Your contributions to your Social Security trust fund are based on your earnings. In order to build your “trust fund,” contributions must be made from both you and your employer through taxes paid to FICA. These taxes are imperative for you to receive any Social Security Disability benefits. The reason behind this requirement is simple: you can’t expect to collect employment disability if you have never been employed.
2. You have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability.
There are specific conditions for you to be legally considered “disabled.” You must meet the following rules to be considered disabled and receive your SSDI payout:
- You can no longer do the work you previously did before;
- It is decided that you can’t do other work due to your disability; and
- Your disability has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least one year or will result in death.
3. You have worked recently for a certain amount of time under a job covered by social security.
To receive Orlando Social Security Disability, you must have worked long enough and recently enough at a Social Security recognized employer. Each year that you work and contribute to your FICA taxes earns you a maximum of four credits. Credits are the “building blocks” used to figure out whether or not you have the required amount of covered work to qualify for benefits. Depending on your age, the general requirement for SSDI is anywhere between 20 to 40 credits.
If you meet these qualifications and wish to pursue Orlando Social Security Disability benefits, contact us today.