Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico Social Security Disability Offices
Are you looking for the nearest Santa Fe, New Mexico Social Security Disability Office? Below we have listed disability offices near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
How Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability?
You must first have worked in jobs covered by Social Security in order to be eligible to apply for Social Security disability benefits.
In addition to the work requirement, you must also have a medical condition that meets the SSA definition of disability. Basically, the SSA will pay monthly benefits to individuals that are unable to work for over a year because of an accepted disability.
If you are receiving Social Security disability benefits when you reach full retirement age, your Social Security disability benefits automatically convert to retirement benefits, but the amount remains the same.
How Much Do I Need To Work To Qualify For Disability?
The number of work credits you need to qualify for disability benefits depends on your age when you become disabled. You need 40 work credits, 20 of which were earned in the last 10 years ending with the year you become disabled. However, younger workers may qualify with fewer work credits.
The Social Security Administration bases work credits on your total yearly wages or self-employment income. You can earn up to four work credits each year.
The amount of earned wages needed to obtain a work credit changes from year to year. In 2019, for example, you earn one credit for each $1,360 in wages or self-employment income. Therefore, you earn four work credits once your wages or earnings reach $5,440.
For more information on whether you qualify, read our publication; How You Earn Credits.
How Does The SSA Define Disability?
The Social Security Administration only pays for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability.
Under Social Security rules you are considered disabled if:
- You cannot do work that you did before;
- The SSA decides that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
How Does The SSA Decide If I’m Disabled?
If you meet the work credit requirements the SSA uses a step-by-step process to answer five questions.
- Are you working?
- Is your condition “severe”?
- Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions?
- Can you do the work you did previously?
- Can you perform any other type of work?
For more information please contact a local Santa Fe, New Mexico SSA office (see your nearest offices listed below) or visit www.ssa.gov.