Social Security Disability in Springfield, OR

Question: I am under 50 years of age. Is there any chance I can get Social Security disability benefits?
Answer: While the rules for obtaining Social Security disability benefits present an obstacle for persons under the age of 50, the odds for obtaining those benefits rely on the quality of the medical evidence that supports the applicant and not on the person’s age. An experienced attorney can help you provide the medical evidence that will fully inform a Social Security judge about your disabling medical conditions.

Question: I haven’t worked for a couple of years. Though I was hoping to get well enough to return to work, my medical conditions keep getting worse. Am I running out of time to apply for benefits?

Answer: Yes, the time to apply for benefits is running out. Social Security disability insurance has a coverage requirement. Your coverage depends on your work history and how many times you have paid into the system through your paychecks. You must prove you were disabled on a date when you were insured. You should find out your date of last insurance, which means the day you last had coverage under Social Security Disability Insurance. Sometimes that day is still ahead, but you need to know that date. In addition, the Social Security Administration will provide you with back pay only as far back as 12 months prior to your application date.

For Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the Social Security Administration will pay retroactively only from the date of your application.

In short, waiting to apply for benefits only decreases your benefits. File your application today.

Question: What does my age have to do with my chances of obtaining benefits?
Answer: As noted above, cases for persons under the age of 50 are governed by the toughest rules. As a person ages (at 50, at 55 and at 60), the rules for determining eligibility for benefits become less difficult to overcome.

Question: Will my alcohol or drug use affect my claim for benefits?
Answer: It can, although not in all cases. You should stop using on your own or enter a treatment program to help you stop if you are serious about obtaining Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration must determine whether your disability is caused in significant part by your alcohol or drug use. Continued use will make that a more difficult determination and is not worth taking the chance of losing your case.