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Requirements to qualify for Social Security insurance

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If you are a Rhode Island resident interested in applying for Social Security disability benefits, you are likely concerned about whether or not you will qualify. While the type of disorder or other disability you suffer from will play a big part in your acceptance, there are other factors that will influence your outcome. We at Karns & Kerrison have detailed the basic requirements to be approved for coverage and can help you complete your application or fight for your rights if your request is denied.

According to the Social Security Administration, the duration of your affliction is an important detail in your case. Short-term injuries are generally not sufficient to earn government assistance; you must be able to show that you are likely to continue suffering to the point that you are unable to work for at least one year or more.

Your age is also a factor in your determination if you are seeking to apply online. For disability benefits, you must be over the age of 18. If you are applying for Social Security Income, you must also be over 18 years old, but must also be under the age of 65.

Another factor for eligibility on online applications is that you must be a citizen of the United States, the Northern Mariana Islands or the District of Columbia. You also cannot be blind and you cannot have been married at any point in your life. For more information on the application process and to have any other questions answered, please visit our web page.


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