Social Security Disability

My office works to get individuals the disability benefits to which they are entitled.  At the law office of D. Scott Gordon you deal directly with an experienced attorney who practices regularly  in your locality. All initial case evaluations are free, and you do not pay attorney fees unless you win your case.

Social Security Disability

If you have a regular work history and become unable to work because of your medical condition, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Generally, your eligibility is tied to your prior payment of FICA taxes.

Richmond Social Security Disability Attorney

The SSA defines a disability as “an inability to perform substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, or combination of impairments, which has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 consecutive months, or end in death, taking into account the individual's age, education, and work history.”

The inability to work or to engage in substantial gainful activity is further defined as the inability to earn in excess of $1.090.00 per month. You should note that this standard does not refer to your actual work status (i.e. ability to locate employment). Rather, SSA evaluates your  ability to qualify for gainful employment in consideration of your physical limitations, age, education and prior work experience.

The SSA forwards you annual statements regarding your work history and estimated disability and retirement benefits. See Sample. You should always save this brochure as it identifies your estimated disability benefit based upon the number of credit you have in the system. If you do not have this paperwork you may retrieve the information online.

SSI Benefits

Even if you do not have a regular work history to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits you may be eligible for Social Security Income Benefits (SSI) if you are disabled and meet certain financial need requirements. You may find additional information on how to apply for SSI benefits by accessing the following SSA link. Eligibility for SSI is based on financial need. The amount of your benefit was be restricted by factors such as your assets and other household income.


Rev 7/17/19