Tulsa Social Security Disability Lawyers

Becoming disabled and not being able to work is a thing that most people do not like to think about. The chances of it happening are greater than what most people would imagine. Studies have shown that a 20 year old has about a 30% chance of becoming disabled prior to reaching full retirement age. If you are unfortunate and become disabled, contact one of the Tulsa Social Security Disability Attorneys, who will assist you in obtaining your maximum benefits under the law.

The Social Security Administration pays disability benefits to individuals under two different programs, the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program. Under the SSI Program you may qualify as a disabled person even if you have not paid enough into the Social Security system. The SSI Program provides payments to low income people who are 65 or older or are blind or have a disability.

Who Qualifies?

Under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Program, you can receive benefits if you cannot work because of a medical condition that is expected to last a minimum of one year or will result in death. Under this program short term disabilities or partial disabilities do not qualify. In addition, certain members of your family may be eligible for benefits under this program.

Requirement Tests

Under the SSDI Program, most people will have to meet two earning tests.

  • A “recent work” test which is based on your age at the time you became disabled.
  • A “duration of work” test that shows that you have worked long enough under Social Security.

Certain blind workers have to meet only the “duration of work” test.

 

Recent Work Test

When You Became Disabled General Requirements
In all before the quarter you turn age 24 1 1/2 years of work during the three year period ending with the quarter your disability began
In the quarter after you turn age 24, but before the quarter you turn age 31 Have worked during half of the time of the period beginning with the quarter after you turn 21 and ending with the quarter you became disabled
In the quarter you turn age 31 or later Have worked during five years out of the ten-year period ending with the quarter your disability began

 

Duration of Work Test

When You
Became Disabled
General Requirements
(Years Worked)
Before Age 28 1 1/2 years
Before Age 30 Two years
Before Age 34 Three years
Before Age 38 Four years
Before Age 42 Five years
Before Age 44 5 1/2 years
Before Age 46 Six years
Before Age 50 Seven years
Before Age 52 7 1/2 years
Before Age 54 Eight years
Before Age 56 8 1/2 years
Before Age 58 Nine years
Before Age 60 9 1/2 years

Please note that the above table does not cover all situations.

If you feel you may qualify for Social Security Disability payments under either program, please contact a Tulsa Social Security Disability Attorney.

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