Applying for Social Security disability benefits in Maryland can become very complicated. In the simplest terms, a person qualifies for Social Security Disability Income/Insurance (SSDI) benefits if they have held a job or jobs covered by Social Security and have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s strict definition of a disability. The Social Security Administration (SSA), in fact, has several detailed requirements that a person must meet if they are to qualify for benefits.

If you have become disabled and cannot work, and plan to apply for Social Security disability, a knowledgeable Social Security disability attorney can help you determine whether you qualify for benefits and also work with you through the application process. However, having general knowledge of the requirements will be beneficial, even if you speak with an attorney. A person qualifies for Social Security disability under the following circumstances:

  • They have a mental or physical condition that prevents them from working, both their current or any past jobs;
  • Their condition is expected continue for at least 1 year, or result in death;
  • They are less than 65 years of age; and
  • They have, generally, worked 5 out of the last 10 years as of the determined “start date” of the disability. Age is a factor and may alter the number of work years required.

The above represent only the “general” qualification requirements. There are a number of exceptions and/or special circumstances that may alter a specific person’s prerequisites and one who is ill or injured and cannot work does not have the time to analyze the SSA’s “fine print.”

Steven H. Heisler, “The Injury Lawyer,” is an experienced Baltimore Social Security disability attorney and can help you through the Social Security disability claim process so that you receive the benefits you deserve as soon as possible. Contact Mr. Heisler at 877-228-4878 today so that he may answer any questions you may have.