In order to qualify for disability in South Carolina, you will have to meet two thresholds. First, you will have to prove you are medically disabled. Second, you must have sufficient work history and have paid into the Social Security system enough in order to qualify.
How much work is enough work?
How much you must have worked in order to qualify depends on how old you are. You will generally need to have worked at least half the time since you turned 21. If you are 41, you will need to have worked 10 of the last 20 years to qualify for SSDI in South Carolina. If you are 23 years old, you will only need to have worked one of the last two years.
You earn a work credit in the Social Security system for every quarter you work. That means you earn four work credits a year. If you are 41, you will need 80 work credits in order to qualify for SSDI in South Carolina.
How do you earn work credits?
You must be employed or self employed and making at least a certain amount of money each quarter in order to earn a work credit for that quarter. In 2013, you must make at least $1,160 to get a work credit for that quarter. If you work all four quarters and make at least $4,640, you will earn four work credits for that quarter.
Getting SSDI benefits in South Carolina
If you have questions about how to qualify for SSDI, contact the experienced South Carolina disability team at George Sink Injury Lawyers. We have offices throughout the state and will be happy to offer a free consultation and guide you through the SSDI application or appeals process.