Are you eligible for Social Security benefits? You might be, even if you’re younger than 62 years old, the earliest age someone can collect Social Security retirement benefits.
Social Security benefits aren’t just for retirees. One in six Americans receives some form of Social Security benefits. Last year, Social Security applications hit a record high. In 2009, more than 2.74 million people submitted applications for Social Security benefits, more than any year in the program’s 75 year history.
You can receive Social Security benefits for a variety of reasons. The most common reason why people receive Social Security benefits if they’re younger than 62 years old is for a medical condition that prevents them from working.
Two types of Social Security benefits are available for people with medical conditions: Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and Social Security Income (SSI). Someone with a medical condition expected to last at least one year and who has worked 1 ½ to 5 years during the last 3 to 10 years (the amount of time varies by age) can receive SSD benefits. SSI is available to people who have not worked long enough to qualify for SSD benefits.
But obtaining these benefits is not easy. The federal government rejects 60 to 70 percent of all first-time disability claims. The government may even try to reduce how much it pays a recipient. Due to a massive backlog of appeals, the entire process can sometimes take more than a year and be extremely frustrating.
Don’t give up hope. You can appeal. You have rights. The government created Social Security to help those most in need. Let us help you. We’re the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.
Serving Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C., the skilled attorneys at the Mike Slocumb Law Firm has years of experience helping people obtain the maximum Social Security benefits they are legally entitled to receive. We understand the system. We know how to get results. Don’t leave your future to chance. Contact Mike Slocumb today. We’re on your side.