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Can I Apply For Social Security Disability If Haven't Worked Recently?

Many people who wish to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits have been unable to work for years. However, SSD depends on the work credits you obtain during your years of employment to qualify for benefits. This makes it harder to qualify for the benefits they need.

At Harlan Still & Koch, we understand how frustrating the SSD application process can be. As one of the oldest Social Security firms in the greater Columbia, Missouri, area, we have years of experience in guiding clients through the entire SSD application process. Our knowledgeable attorneys personally guide you and handle all the details of your claim to ease your anxieties.

Do I Have Enough Work Credits To Quality For Social Security Disability?

It is important to apply for Social Security Disability as soon as a disability prevents you from working for a year or longer. As long as you meet the criteria for both disability and work credits, you qualify for benefits.

Our lawyers offer a free initial consultation to review your circumstances, including:

  • Calculating your work credits: You earn work credits as you receive income and pay FICA taxes. Credits also depend on your employment and income, but the maximum amount you can obtain is four credits each year. Twenty credits are the minimum to qualify for SSD, so you are eligible to apply if you have enough work credits accumulated over the past five years.
  • Helping you file for disability: Applying for disability benefits requires a significant amount of paperwork. Our attorneys will guide you through the five-step process.

No matter when you apply, Harlan Still & Koch will be by your side. Even if your initial claim is denied, we will help you appeal. We always look out for the best interests of you and your family, and provide you with the support you need.

Contact Professional Social Security Advocates

The SSD attorneys at Harlan Still & Koch have been helping the people of Missouri since 1978. We understand the stress of your situation, and we are determined to help. Our attorneys go above and beyond to help all our clients, because we believe everyone deserves support.

Please call 800-483-1789 or email us for a free consultation at our Columbia offices. We operate on a contingent-fee basis, which means you do not pay unless we achieve benefits for you.

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Harlan Still & Koch

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Suite 300
Columbia, MO 65201

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Phone: 573-874-2402
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