The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program imposes strict work credit requirements that require applicants to prove that they have acquired a sufficient number of credits by working for a certain number of years. Failure to meet this requirement will disqualify an applicant regardless of whether they are actually too disabled to work.
Fortunately, time spent in uniform can satisfy these work credit requirements. The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers military service the same as any other full-time job. Veterans applying for SSDI benefits can also add time spent at other jobs. A skilled disability attorney can help determine whether a veteran meets SSDI work credit requirements and assist them with pursuing any necessary appeals if they are denied benefits.
You can earn work credits by working for the US military and as a civilian. In general, an individual earns one credit for every three months spent working. Military servicemembers and civilians alike must earn a total of 40 credits, 20 of which must have been earned within the last 10 years. An exception to this rule exists if the claimant is not old enough to have worked that many years. A well-versed disability representative can help veterans in Alpharetta better understand the work credit requirements of SSDI.
Proving a sufficient work history is a vital part of any SSDI claim. Unfortunately, collecting and compiling this information is not always easy. For veterans, it is not enough to simply provide dates of time spent in the armed forces. The SSA will also want to know what their military duties consisted of and why an applicant is not able to continue performing a similar job. One of our experienced hearing claims advocates can help current and former servicemembers effectively articulate their role in the military and why their current conditions now prevent this work.
It is important to keep in mind that proving disability does not mean an applicant cannot perform their past work. It means showing that an applicant cannot perform any full-time job. Our team can advise you on how to prove to the SSA that any civilian work you performed after being discharged from the military is no longer a viable option due to a disability.
Obtaining SSDI benefits requires you to prove two things: that you suffer from a condition which prevents you from working a full-time job, and you have accumulated a sufficient number of work credits.
For veterans, work credits can come from a combination of time spent on active duty and doing civilian work. The SSA will evaluate all of these factors when determining whether you have a sufficient work history to receive SSDI payments. An Alpharetta lawyer at our Social Security disability law firm can help you gather evidence to prove your past work experience, both in and out of uniform.
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