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Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

In many ways, Social Security is a safety net for hard working Americans. If you have diligently worked, and kept up with your taxes, then benefits from Social Security can help you retire. The system has even worked out a way to help those individuals who find themselves unable to work before retirement age. Benefits for these individuals are called Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), but it can be complicated to qualify for these benefits. What Are the Qualifications for Social Security Disability Benefits? In order to qualify for Social Security benefits, you must have worked for a certain number of years, on average at least 10. The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses “work credits” to measure this amount of time. Earning $1,300 in wages qualifies as a work credit, and you are limited to four a year. That means you have to earn at least $5,200 yearly for 10…
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Five Questions You Have About Social Security Disability

Social Security disability is an important part of the system that helps Americans with disabilities support themselves when they can’t work. However, there is a long list of misconceptions and misinformation about the program. Well, the Tulsa disability attorneys here at Troutman & Troutman want to do our part in squashing some of these misguided notions. So, here are a few questions you may have about Social Security disability and the answers you need. Five Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability Are SSDI Benefits an Entitlement? Many people have the misconception that Social Security disability insurance is a type of welfare program, but this just isn’t true. SSDI is funded by employment taxes paid by you and every other hard-working American. So, if you have worked long enough, and your condition prevents you from working, then you will be qualified for benefits that you have been paying into for…
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Is the Substantial Gainful Activity Threshold Rising?

It’s that time of the year again! Mid-October is the time of the year when the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases its annual changes to Social Security. These changes are often small and incremental, but they can affect around 19.5 million Americans who claim disability benefits and an extra 42 million Americans who claim retirement benefits. That means it can be important to the lives of SSDI and SSI claimants, so here are some things you may need to know about these changes. Changes to Social Security Disability in 2018 As mentioned in a previous blog, the Cost of Living Adjustment is going up by 2 percent in 2018. That’s the largest COLA increase in six years, but it’s not all good news. The reason the COLA increased is due to hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which tore through the gulf coast and shutdown some of the nation’s oil production. This…
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