Can you imagine living someplace where you were 100% responsible for your
economic security, no matter your age or health, with no government to
bail you out if you become seriously injured or ill?
Fortunately, if you’re a U.S. citizen, you don’t have to worry
about this happening. Thanks to a program called Social Security, the
U.S. government is determined to ensure that its citizens are taken care
of during times of poor health.
Since there’s confusion around how the Social Security program works,
we’re going to give you some basic information that every American
How is Social Security funded?
Social Security receives its funding by pooling mandatory contributions
from all workers into one large pot, and then paying those benefits to
Everyone who works pays into the system by having a portion of their earnings
taxed for Social Security. Later, when you become eligible for Social
Security disability or retirement benefits, you collect them instead of
paying others’ benefits.
According to the Social Security Administration, $0.85 of every Social
Security tax dollar is deposited into a trust fund that pays monthly benefits
to retirees, their families, surviving spouses, or children of eligible
recipients who died. The remaining $0.15 goes towards paying benefits
for disabled individuals and their families.
Who can collect Social Security Disability?
You can collect
Social Security Disability benefits if you become disabled. The SSA has a very strict definition
of “disability.” In order for the SSA to consider someone
disabled, they must have a disabling condition that is expected to last
at least 12 months or result in death.
Not just anyone can receive SSD benefits; in order for you to collect disability
benefits, you must have earned enough “credits,” meaning you
must have worked enough and paid into the system. For example, if you
are age 30, you’ll need about 2 years of work experience. If you’re
50, you’ll need 7 years of work experience.
Dallas Social Security Disability Lawyer
Are you interested in learning more about Social Security Disability benefits? If so,
contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm for professional assistance. We can answer all
of your questions and if you decide to apply, we can streamline the process
so it goes as smooth and efficient as possible!