Requirements for Social Security Disability in Pennsylvania

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In order to qualify for SSD (Social Security Disability) in Pennsylvania, you must meet the strict requirements set forth by the Social Security Administration and the Bureau of Disability Determination. The BDD is a state agency that helps the SSA in processing Social Security Disability applications and determining who is eligible to receive benefits. Prior to applying for Social Security Disability, it is in your best interests to contact a reputable law firm. Experienced, trusted, and compassionate, we at Marzzacco Niven & Associates know how important obtaining SSD is for you and your family. Our focus on experience and results for you helps us assess your case and recommend a sound course of action for your unique situation.

Meeting The Definition of Disabled

The first obstacle you must overcome to obtain SSD is to prove that you meet the definition of being disabled set by the Social Security Administration. According to the SSA, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be unable to do any substantial work because of your medical condition.
  • Have a medical condition that has lasted or will be expected to last at least one year, or is expected to result in death.

To obtain disability for children, the one-year stipulation or the expectancy of death due to the condition remains. However, the work limitations are replaced by having physical or mental conditions that seriously limit their activities.

Work Credits

The number of work credits required to obtain SSD benefits is based on your age and when you acquired a disability. Refer to the following age and credit guidelines to help determine if you qualify for SSD:

  • Before age 24: You may qualify if you have six credits earned in the three-year period ending when your disability starts.
  • Ages 24 to 31: You may qualify if you have credit for working half the time between age 21 and the time you become disabled.
  • Ages 31 to 42: You may qualify if you have earned 20 work credits.

For information about the work credit requirement for individuals ages 43 or older, contact a reputable attorney. If you are disabled and relying on Social Security Disability for your future, the Marzzacco Niven & Associates team can provide you with the personalized and trustworthy assistance you need to obtain benefits.

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Marzzacco Niven & Associates is passionate about helping disabled individuals obtain Social Security benefits. Contact our Harrisburg personal injury, workers' compensation, and SSDI law firm by phone at 717-260-3580 or via our convenient online form to schedule a free consultation, with no obligation, to allow us to determine how we can help you.