SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
What Is Social Security Disability Insurance
This is an insurance program for workers who become unable to work. The Social Security Administration is responsible for the operation and administration of this fund. Monies for this fund come from "FICA" tax withheld from workers' pay and employer contributions. Workers who have worked and paid FICA tax for at least five of the ten years prior to onset of their disability are usually covered . Dependent upon age others may be qualified to receive benefits with fewer years of work.
Eligibility is dependent upon two factors. One, you must be able to prove to the Social Security Administration that you cannot perform your job or any other type of work because of your disability. Two, disability must be one that will last, or is expected to last, 12 months or longer. If you are not sure if you are eligible for benefits please contact Larry Pitt and Associates.
The Social Security Administration uses a formula based on your average lifetime earnings and the total number of years you have worked to calculate the benefit amount. You can receive up to a maximum of approximately $1,500 per month, depending on your past earnings. If you have a family, you could receive additional benefits, up to 50 percent of your own monthly benefit amount.
Here is a partial list of conditions that can make you or someone you know eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. This is not a complete list of conditions. If you have a condition not on this list, but believe you should receive Social Security Disability benefits, contact the law offices of Larry Pitt and Associates.
- Back Problems
- Heart Disease
- Lung Disease
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Kidney Disease
- Psychiatric Problems
Facts about Social Security Disability
- More than 700,000 children with disabilities currently receive Social Security disability benefits.
- People with HIV infection or AIDS may qualify for Social Security disability benefits when they can no longer work or they must limit their work due to the disease.
- The Social Security office will help you with your application and, if necessary, with your appeal you are entitled to representation. Your representative may not collect a fee from you without first obtaining approval from the Social Security Administration.