Are you having trouble determining if you’re eligible for disability? Because the process can be complex and confusing, it is essential that you have an experienced attorney on your side to help you determine your Social Security Disability eligibility. In Portland, OR, Richard A. Sly, Attorney at Law, is here to help you. He works closely with clients to determine their eligibility for SSD. Schedule a consultation with him today to discuss your situation.

Determining your Eligibility for SSD

You may be asking yourself, “Do I qualify for SSD?” Your right to benefits requires you to meet standards set in two different categories, including work history and medical impairment. Richard A. Sly will sit down with you to discuss these standards to determine if you qualify for benefits.

In order to meet work history standards, you must have paid into the Social Security Retirement system (FICA taxes) for, depending on your age, 6 and 40 quarters (each quarter is 3 months). As of 2016, a quarter of qualified earnings is listed as $1,300. Work history must be recent, and individuals must earn at least 5 years of FICA taxes in the last 10 years. Once you stop paying your premium, you are at risk of running out of insured status. Your disability will leave you qualified for benefits if it prevents you from continuing substantial gainful activity, no matter what your assets are valued at.

Do I Qualify for SSD?

What types of disabling conditions qualify you for benefits? To be eligible for benefits, you must be medically unable to perform work for a continuous 12-month period of time. You are eligible for benefits as long as you are able to legally work in the United States, even if you are not a citizen.

Contact Richard A. Sly today to request a consultation to discuss Social Security Disability eligibility. Mr. Sly is available to meet with clients regarding their eligibility for SSD throughout Portland, Oregon.