St. Louis Social Security Disability Lawyers
Social Security Disability Claims in Missouri
The Social Security system was probably the most important of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal programs of the 1930s. People are most familiar with the part of the program that guarantees retirement income to virtually all workers in the United States, but Social Security also has a disability program that is incredibly important as a potential source of income for anyone with serious health problems. Securing these payments can require help, though.
The Dixon Injury Firm’s Social Security Disability attorneys in St. Louis focus on helping employees redeem benefits for injured or disabled employees. If you have suffered a work accident and require Social Security Disability (SSD), we can help.
Contact us now to learn more—the initial consultation is free of charge!
About Social Security Disability in Missouri
Most workers in Missouri benefit from social security disability benefits. This generally includes both disability and medical benefits among additional sorts of compensation according to your company’s policies. The St. Louis social security disability lawyers at Dixon provide seasoned legal counsel to clients and workers affected by work-related injuries or death. It is essential when pursuing an SSD claim to have a solid legal team on your side.
You Must Work to Become Eligible for Modest Benefits
Social Security Disability insurance is considered an “earned” benefit. Most everyone that works in America pays into the system, and only those that qualify can collect benefits. To qualify, a person must have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. A worker needs a certain number of credits to qualify, and the necessary number varies with age.
Workers earn four credits per year for earning a fairly minimal income of $5,200. Workers typically need 40 credits, so they basically must have worked for ten years before becoming disabled in order to be eligible for benefits. Younger people that became disabled before they had a chance to work for ten years can qualify with fewer credits. A 23-year-old can qualify with six credits, or a year and a half of work. A qualified person can also make his or her spouse or children eligible for the program. The benefits are relatively modest, on average about $11,880 annually in 2016.
What are Common Reasons to get on Social Security Disability in St. Louis?
According to this guide, there are a number of reasons an injured employee may seek or receive social security disability. These include:
- Joint injury
- Tumors and cancer
- Diseases and disorders
- Work accidents
Social Security Disability Legal Advice
A person that is seeking Social Security Disability must go through an interview with a Disability Determination Services examiner. The examiner will look at the available medical records and make a determination if the person is so severely disabled that they are unable to work. This can be a complicated process of comparing the functional limitations of a patient’s condition to the needs of the job they used to do. For that reason, it is hard for a patient to ever really know if they will be considered disabled until after going through the process and potentially even an appeal.
According to the SSD program administrators, one in five Americans has a disability. That is 56 million people in total, and 38 million of those have severe disabilities. If you are struggling to hold down a job because of a medical condition, you may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability. You may not be able to live on those benefits, but they may work in conjunction with other programs like workers’ compensation to help put you get back on your feet after an injury.
The Dixon Injury Firm is dedicated to helping injured people in the St. Louis, Missouri area to put their lives back together by collecting the money they deserve from anyone that wrongfully caused their injures. As part of our efforts, we are always happy to help injured people to secure the government benefits they have earned through their lifetime of work.
If you would like to talk to us about your situation, just call us at (314) 208-2808 for a free, no-obligation consultation.