Ask the Los Angeles Social Security Attorneys:
What Work Credits are Required For Social Security Disability?
Most people to whom our Los Angeles area attorneys speak realize that there are very strict medical qualifications an individual must meet in order to collect Social Security Disability. And our experienced Social Security attorneys have written many articles discussing the types of medical conditions & disabilities that meet the criteria to receive Social Security Disability.
But our attorneys have found that many clients do NOT realize that they must also have to meet “work credit” requirements in order to qualify for Social Security disability. In fact, establishing that you have enough “work credits” is just as important of a requirement as establishing your disability.
Attorneys Explain Social Security Work Credits
In 2017, an individual earns one work credit for every $1,700 they earn in 2017, up to a maximum of 4 work credits for the year.
Every year the amount it takes to earn a work credit changes. In the year 1978 workers received one work credit for every $250 they earned. In the year 2000 the amount you needed to earn for a work credit was $780. But in any year, you can earn only up to four work credits per year.
See the chart below for the dollar amount it took to earn one Social Security work credit for other years.
How Many Work Credits Do I Need for Social Security Disability?
The number of Social Security work credits you need depends on your age:
• If you are disabled before you are 24 years old, you only need six credits (1.5 years of work) in the three years prior to your disability.
• If you are disabled between the age of 24 and 30, it gets more complicated. You will need credits for at least half of the amount of time between turning 21 and when you became disabled. For someone who becomes disabled at 27, it has been six years since they turned 21 – so they will need work credits for three years – for a total of 12 work credits. (One half of 6 = 3. Then 3 years x 4 credits = 12 credits)
• If you become disabled at 31 or older, you will need at least 20 credits over the last 10 years before you became disability. In other words, you will need to have worked five of the last ten years (5 years x 4 credits = 20 work credits).
Remember, you also cannot be engaged in “substantial gainful activity” in order to collect Social Security Disability. Our attorneys cover the amounts you can earn HERE in a separate article.
Our Los Angeles Area Social Security Attorneys Can Help
If you have questions about applying for Social Security Disability, call our experienced Los Angeles Area Social Security Attorneys. Our attorneys will offer you a FREE CONSULTATION to make sure that you are doing everything possible to speed up your Social Security Disability claim – and make sure that you have the very best chance of being approved for Social Security Disability benefits.
Los Angeles Area Social Security Attorneys: 800-964-8047
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