Eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance Payments

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Many times people in Connecticut come to my office and ask me if they are even eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance payments.  Now in addition to showing medical disability, in order to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, a person must have paid into the Social Security trust fund, the Title II trust fund, for twenty out of forty quarters of their work history.  Now what this means, is basically a person needs to have worked for ten consistent years in order to receive Social Security Disability Insurance.

If you are not sure whether or not you have worked long enough and paid enough into the system to qualify to receive benefits based on disability then I encourage you to go to Social Security’s website which is www.ssa.gov.  There will be a link on the website which will allow you to find out what your earnings statement is.  You will recall years ago these earnings statements used to be mailed to us in paper form once a year.  They had a green border around them and Social Security will list on your earnings statement how much you made in different jobs over the years and what you would be eligible to receive if you proved medical disability, at early retirement or full retirement age. Now that the whole electronic system has taken place with Social Security you can only go online to find out your earnings record is and to find out what your monthly premium will be for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits should you be awarded.

This short informational blog post was provided by Anne Howard, an experienced Connecticut Social Security Disability Lawyer. Please contact The Law Office of Rosenstein & Howard to set up a free initial consultation.