To meet the Social Security disability requirements in Alabama and Florida and qualify for benefits, you must have worked long enough in jobs covered by Social Security and you must have a qualifying disability. In many cases, whether you qualify is not exactly clear, even to the people who initially approve or deny your application. Because, just as elsewhere in the country, SSDI law in Florida and Alabama is complicated, your application for benefits may be denied even if you truly deserve these benefits. At Byron A. Lassiter & Associates, P.C., we want to make sure that does not happen and that you get the benefits you deserve. We are dedicated to helping you understand what makes you eligible and to protecting your right to benefits through strong appeals if your application is denied.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has its own definition of disability that you must meet to qualify for SSDI, as well as SSI, benefits:
- You cannot do the work you did before or other work because of your age, disability, experience and options
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for one year or more or to result in death
To meet SSDI requirements in Florida and Alabama you must have a total disability. To learn more about disabilities that qualify, please see our page on eligible disabilities.
Work requirements for disability insurance benefits
In order for our Mobile area SSDI lawyer to help you obtain benefits, you must have worked in jobs covered by Social Security and earned work credits. Work credits are based on your total yearly wages or self-employment income. You can earn a maximum of four credits each year. Because the cost of living changes each year, the amount of income or wages that earns you a credit changes each year, too. The number of credits (and years of work) you need depends on the age you become disabled. Although the exact SSDI law in Alabama and Florida is complicated, in general you need 40 credits overall and 20 credits in the last 10 years before you become disabled. If you are young, you may qualify with fewer credits.
Contact a legal team you can rely on
At Byron A. Lassiter & Associates, P.C., our Pensacola and Mobile area SSDI lawyer and support staff are here to answer your questions and help you obtain the benefits you earned if you are denied and need to appeal. To learn more about your eligibility, please see our information on eligibility for SSDI benefits. For personalized service from our outstanding legal team, please contact us online or call 800.544.3568 for a free initial consultation.