Social Security Disability Act, "disability" means the inability to engage
in any substantial gainful activity due to a medically verifiable physical
or mental impairment. The impairment must be expected to last for a
continuous period of not less than 12 months or result in death.
Disability Benefits are paid to individuals who have worked in the
recent years. Usually you have to work 5 out of the last 10 years. For
individuals under 31 years old, the requirements are a little
different since they have not been in the work force as long.
Income benefits are paid to individuals who have a low level of income
and are disabled whether, but are not dependent upon a prior work
You should file as soon
as it is determined that you will not be able to work during the next 12
months or your condition is expected to lead to death. However Social
Security is not a short term disability. Therefore if you have an accident
where you cannot work for a shorter period, you will not be entitled to
Social Security Disability benefits.
If you have been turned down for a claim in Missouri, you have the right
to have your case heard by a judge, but you must move quickly to file
before the deadline. An attorney can help you request a hearing and
present your evidence. Attorney's fees are typically 25% of past due
benefits, payable only after you receive your award.
Contact the Law Office of Randall England at (573) 353-8664
to setup a free consultation on your case.
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