Social Security Disability benefits are based on a person's earnings and their work history. This year, in 2018, a person must have earned $1,320 to receive one credit and a person can earn a maximum of 4 work credits per year. So how many credits must one have earned in order to qualify for SSD benefits? This depends on the applicant's age and the type of benefit one is applying for.
One of the most common phrases repeated time after time regarding Social Security Disability benefits is the fact that most initial applications are denied. Less often repeated is the fact that when a Social Security Disability claim is denied, the applicant has the right to appeal the denial and there are various levels of appeal that can be utilized. Additionally, California residents may be surprised to hear that most appeals are successful.