Cape May, NJ asked in Social Security for Pennsylvania

Q: Hurt on the job, went to see a lawyer about SSDI and he refused to take my case !

I got hurt on the job and had my arm crushed and lost my right thumb. I worked for 24 years with one company and then they closed so I found another job, worked there for 2 years and they closed. Then my husband got sick so I didn't work for about five years. After he passed away I found another job that I worked at for only four months before I got hurt and had my arm crushed and thumb amputated. Went to file for SSDI and they told me that I couldn't collect because I was out of work the five years taking care of my husband. So I worked for 26yrs. and the lawyer is telling me I can't collect SSDI. All that time that I paid into it, and their saying I can't collect ! Does that sound right or is this lawyer I was sent to giving me the run around ?

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Mark A. Buterbaugh
Mark A. Buterbaugh
Answered
  • Carlisle, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: More than likely you do not have current insured status. To be eligible for SSDI, you have to have enough work credits. Kind of like Unemployment. Check with your local SSA office and inquire with them what your 'date of last insured' is. For example, if your date of last insured is 3/31/2018, then the to be eligible for SSDI, you will have to be found disabled prior to 3/31/2018.

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