FAQ About Social Security and Disability
If you are suffering from a disability, navigating the complex world of Social Security is the last thing you want to do. Sorting through the benefits and figuring out the process can add unnecessary stress to your situation. That’s why we’re here to help you navigate through the process and answer the most common questions about Social Security and Disability.
Who is eligible for benefits?
Social security denotes those eligible based on how long they have worked using a credit system. In total, you need to have earned 40 credits to be eligible for benefits. You can earn up to four credits per year of work, but twenty need to come from the last ten years to be eligible. There is a specific tool from the official Social Security website that can help determine if you are eligible. Check it out here.
How can you apply?
The application process has become easier over the last few years due to the different technologies available. You can either apply online, call 800-772-1213, or visit the local office in your area.
What documents do I need?
As with any government-related process, you will need a few identifying materials. These can include a birth certificate, as well as any W2 forms from the places you received your credits at. You need to make sure you have the medical evidence of your disability officially diagnosed by a medical professional as well.
How long will the process take?
After providing the proper documentation, you will undergo an interview to confirm the information provided. This can take up to one hour. After all documents are gathered and the interview is completed, you can expect to wait around eight months for the process to be completed.
Navigating this process can often become overwhelming, but Slaughter Law can help you! To learn more about Social Security and Disability, contact us online here today.