Your hearing is your best chance to get approved for disability benefits. Only about 30% of applicants are approved at the initial level. But most people we help get approved.

We offer a free consultation with an expert Social Security attorney. Simply complete the online form or call the number below. Get your Social Security Disability questions answered.

We are advocates for the disabled. We work hard to get your hearing quickly and win your benefits. Ask how a dire needs request or on-the-record decision could speed your case along.

The most frequent questions asked of our Boise social security attorneys is “Am I disabled?” The following may qualify for disability benefits:

  • Insured individuals who apply for disability benefits or for a period of disability.
  • Widow(er)s and children who qualify because of a relationship to an insured worker.

Social Security Disability Programs

There are two social security disability programs:

A.    Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)- SSDI is for workers who have contributed to the Social Security trust fund. In order to receive SSDI benefits, you must meet particular work requirements.

B.    Supplemental Security Income (SSI)- SSI is based on income and even uninsured workers may qualify. SSI does not have work requirements, while SSDI does. If you have not worked long enough to earn SSDI, you may be eligible for SSI.

Basic SSDI Requirements:

Social Security Attorneys for Boise, IDIn order to be considered for SSDI, you must: be a United States citizen or permanent resident, you must not yet be eligible to claim retirement benefits (younger than 65), you must have worked recently enough and for enough time (be an insured worker), and you be must considered disabled by the Social Security Administration’s standards.

Insured Workers:

In order to qualify for SSDI, you must be an insured worker. This means you must have earned enough work credits to be eligible for disability benefits. The number of work credits you need depends on your age when you became disabled. Remember, if you are not eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income. Our social security lawyers can help in determining whether you qualify or not.

Work Credits:

The amount of money you need to earn in order to receive one work credit changes each year: in 2009 you needed to earn at least $1,090 during the year to receive one work credit. You could have earned up to four work credits if you earned $4,360 during the year. Usually, you must have earned at least 20 work credit to qualify. In other words, you must have worked for 5 out of the last 10 years. Contact our Boise social security attorneys for more information.

Disabled At Age

Credits Needed

Years of work

31 through 42

























62 or older



What is a Disability?

Under the Social Security Administration (SSA), a disability is the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.

What Is Substantial Gainful Activity?

Substantial gainful activity describes a level of work activity and earnings. The SSA does not consider all work substantial gainful activity. Work is considered substantial if it involves significant mental or physical activities or a combination of both. The following is considered gainful:

  • Work that was performed for pay or profit;
  • Work of a nature generally performed for pay or profit; or
  • Work intended for profit, whether or not a profit is earned.

Note: Work does not need to be on a full-time basis to be considered substantial gainful activity. Work performed on a part-time basis may also be substantial gainful activity.

Earnings: In 2009, the monthly substantial gainful activity earnings limit was $980. If you earned more than $980 a month, you will not be considered eligible for benefits, and your work is considered substantial.

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