Many people who are eligible to elect to receive Social Security retirement benefits before their full retirement age (early retirement) are also eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

You may qualify for both Social Security disability benefits and Social Security retirement benefits if you meet certain criteria:

  1. You are unable to perform the type of work you have done in the last 15 years due to physical or medical reasons.
  2. You are between age 62 and your full retirement age.
  3. You have sufficient work credits. (You have worked in the last 5 years and you have worked 5 out of the last 10 years).

You must contact the Social Security Administration directly to file for these benefits, either at your local office or via their toll free number: 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). You can find your local office through the SSA Office Finder. You must apply for disability benefits prior to your full retirement age.

Harrisburg Social Security Disability Attorneys

At Metzger Wickersham, one of our experienced SSD attorneys would happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have about qualifying for Social Security benefits. Our disability lawyers have used our knowledge and experience to help thousands of clients just like you. Contact us today to find out how we can assist. We have offices located in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pottsville, Shippensburg, Wilkes-Barre and York, allowing us to conveniently serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.