Many individuals wait months or even years after becoming disabled to file a Social Security Disability claim. If you are suffering from a serious illness or injury and expect to be out of work for a year or more, you should not delay in filing a claim for SSD benefits. You can file on the very same day that you become disabled.
At Stiller Disability Law, we understand how difficult it can be for clients with disabilities who are unable to work. That's why we do everything we can, as quickly as we can, to get the benefits that you need. Contact us today by calling 334-239-0065, to speak with a Montgomery, Alabama SSD lawyer who can help you start the application process.
Applying for Social Security Disability in Alabama
Some of the requirements to qualify for SSD benefits include:
- You must have earned Social Security "insurance," which usually means you have had a full-time job for five out of the last ten years before your disability.
- You must be "disabled," meaning that you are unable to do significant, gainful activity (SGA), for a 12-month period. This means that you are unable to earn more than about $1,000 a month on a "sustainable basis," which is eight hours a day, five days a week, on a consistent basis. The $1,000 amount is periodically increased by the Social Security Administration.
- You must be able to show that you cannot do work based on your age, education, and functional limitations.
- You must be able to show that you cannot do any of your past relevant work and cannot do any other work. For example, if there are jobs available that you are able to do, but you don't wish to do or they don't pay what you are used to earning, you still may not be considered disabled.
- The disability must be due to a "severe impairment" that is supported by your doctor's records and must be expected to last more than 12 months. You must be able to show you are unable to perform many activities of daily life.
Applying for SSD
If you meet the above requirements, you may qualify to for SSD benefits. There is no need to wait to start this process. To speak with a Montgomery disability rights lawyer, contact us today by calling 334-239-0065 to schedule a free initial consultation.