Social Security Disability Lawyers

Social Security Disability Benefits – Who Qualifies?

Social Security Disability (SSDI) is a benefit of the United States government intended to provide assistance for those who have become disabled and/or are otherwise unable to work. Disability Lawyer Samuel E. Earley can help you start a successful SSDI claim.

Social Security Disability (SSDI) has its origins in the Social Security Act of 1935 signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The modern “Disability” provision in Social Security Disability Insurance did not come about until the 1956 Amendments to the Social Security Act established the Social Security Disability Insurance program under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

What are the Qualifications for Social Security Disability Benefits?

The basic requirements to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance involve the length of time you have worked and paid into Social Security and the type/condition of injury or disablement you have incurred. Here is more information about each of these factors.

Work Credits


You must first have worked at a job or jobs through which you have a history of payments into the Social Security Program. This can be for an employer or as a self-employed individual who paid self-employment taxes. This earns you work credits that apply toward your Social Security Disability benefits payments.


The number of work credits you need to qualify depends on your age when you become disabled. The basic guideline is typically 40 credits, 20 of which were earned in the last 10 years ending with the year you become disabled. Other rules can apply, allowing younger workers to qualify with fewer credits.



You must have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. In part, that definition requires the following:

  • You cannot do work that you did before because of your medical condition.
  • You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition.
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.


There are basic questions the SSA uses to determine if you are disabled. If you are working in the current year and your earnings average above a certain level, you cannot be considered disabled. If you are not currently working because of your disablement, the following questions will apply:

  • Does your condition interfere with basic abilities that you require to be able to work?
  • Is your condition on the SSA-approved list of disabling conditions?
  • Can you now perform any of the jobs or roles you held in the past?
  • Are you able to perform any other type of work?


There are also qualifications that apply to those who are legally blind, the widow, widower, or surviving divorced spouse of a deceased worker.


In addition, there are qualifications for benefits to disabled children, children who are receiving benefits when they reach 18 and are disabled and adults who become disabled before reaching age 22.

Our Social Security Disability Lawyers Can Help You Apply

Sam Earley is a qualified and experienced Social Security Disability Lawyer who can help you determine if your disability and other qualifications meet the requirements for Social Security Disability benefits. We can also review your work history and record of Social Security payments to help you determine eligibility. Your disabling condition will need to be verified by the appropriate medical records, which our team can help you collect.

Determining your eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits is not a difficult process, but it does involve some specific requirements and calculations that we can perform. Our Social Security Disability attorneys can also answer your questions about specific situations or circumstances and how they could affect your Social Security Disability benefits eligibility during a free consultation.

Contact Our Disability Lawyers

If you believe you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits and do not have an attorney, call Disability Lawyer Sam Earley at 770-881-7171 or complete our online contact form. You will the enjoy personal service you deserve from a social security disability attorney who actually cares about helping people and strives to serve them with excellence.