Glossary of Social Security
Disability Law Terms
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Delayed Retirement Credits:
Social Security benefits are increased (by
a certain percentage depending on a person's date of birth) if retirement is
delayed beyond full retirement age. Increases based on delaying retirement no
longer apply when people reach age 70, even if they continue to delay taking
The standard way to receive Social Security benefits.
These benefits are received if you: are under FRA
(full retirement age), have enough Social Security credits, and have a severe
medical impairment that prevents you from doing substantial work for more than a
year, or are expected to die from the impairment.
One of three components in the Social Security
program. You become eligible for disability benefits when you cannot do the work
you did before becoming disabled and the work you did, cannot be adjusted to
accommodate your disability. The number of work credits you need to qualify for
benefits depends on your age at the time you become disabled.
Forms often requested and submitted by individuals who are
applying for benefits. Documents usually include: birth certificates, marriage
certificates, W2 forms, tax returns, and deeds. Normally only originals or
certified copies are accepted.