Legal Minute with Cooley Shrair: Social Security Disability Benefits

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Do you know what the eligibility requirements are for social security disability benefits? Attorney Robert Dambrov from the Law Offices of Cooley Shrair in Springfield joined us to share more.

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Can anyone file for Social Security disability benefits?
Yes, anyone can file, but they must comply with certain eligibility requirements.

What are those requirements?
Generally, a person must have paid into Social Security for a period of time depending on their age when their disability began.  For someone whose disability began at age 31 or older, they must have contributed in at least 20 calendar quarters (5 years) within the 40 quarters (10 years) prior to the date they maintain their disability began, also called the onset date.   Moreover, in order to establish a disability, they must show that they are unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity on a full time basis by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment or combination of impairments that can be expected to result in death or that has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.  They look at the person’s age, education, training, and work experience.  Gainful employment means earning somewhere about $1,000.00 or more each month.

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