Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits in Alabama and Florida

Learning whether you qualify

Understanding Social Security disability eligibility in Florida and Alabama can be difficult, but it is essential to presenting a convincing claim to the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA is very strict about who can receive disability benefits and if your application does not offer proof that you meet these strict requirements, you may not obtain the benefits you deserve even if you are truly disabled. At Byron A. Lassiter & Associates, P.C., we work hard to get you the benefits you deserve by helping you understand how to obtain your benefits and guiding you through all levels of appeal if your benefits are denied.

SSI eligibility in Florida and Alabama

To be eligible for SSI benefits, you must meet certain residency and other requirements and be either age 65 or older, blind or disabled, as well as having limited income and resources. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict definitions of these requirements:

Blind-Senior-gentleman-sitting-dogBlindness is defined by law. To be eligible for benefits because of blindness you must have:

  • Central vision of 20/200 or less in your better eye even with glasses, contact lenses or other corrective lenses
  • Limited field of view in your better eye that is less than a 20-degree angle in diameter

Disability is also strictly defined by the SSA.  If you are 18 years old or older, your SSI eligibility in Alabama and Florida depends on whether you have a physical or mental disability that can be diagnosed, as well as if you meet other requirements:

  • Your disability prevents you from substantial gainful activity, or making your living
  • Your disability is expected to result in death or has lasted or is expected to last for 12 months or more

Not all disabilities meet the requirements for Social Security disability eligibility in Alabama or Florida. To learn more about which disabilities qualify, please see our page on Eligible Disabilities.

SSDI eligibility in Florida and Alabama

To be eligible for monthly Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you must first have worked in jobs covered by Social Security and have earned enough credits. SSDI eligibility in Alabama and Florida is also based on whether you have a medical condition that meets the SSA’s definition for disability. For most people, the definition of disability for SSDI benefits is the same as for SSI benefits. To learn more about the requirements for Social Security disability benefits, please see our page on SSDI Requirements.

Contact an experienced disability attorney for personal assistance

At Byron A. Lassiter & Associates, P.C., we strive to help you understand your rights to benefits and obtain the benefits you have earned and deserve. Through well-thought-out appeals, we are able to help clients throughout Alabama and Florida. If you have additional questions about Social Security disability or want personalized help, please feel free to contact us online or by toll free phone at 800.544.3568.