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How do you qualify for Social Security Disability?  To be eligible for Social Security Disability, you must have sufficient employment in the United States, have a medical condition that meets Social Security‚Äôs definition of disability and be disabled for at least one year.

You can complete an application online, through telephone assistance or at a local Social Security office.  Once you qualify for Social Security Benefits, those benefits will continue as long as you are disabled (with periodic reviews) up until you reach the age of retirement.  If your condition improves, Social Security will assist in your transition back to full employment.

HOW MUCH EMPLOYMENT IS NEEDED TO QUALIFY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

Social Security work benefits are based upon your yearly wages or self-employment income.  You can earn up to four credits per year.  If you earn the required amount in a quarter. The amount required to earn one point for 2020 is $1,410.  The earnings requirement changes every year.  You may not earn more than one point per quarter regardless of income

To qualify for Social Security Disability, you generally need 40 credits (20 of which were earned in the last 10 years).  If your disability began prior to 31 years of age, have your case reviewed to see if you qualify with fewer credits.

SOCIAL SECURITY’S DEFINITION OF DISABILITY

Social Security uses a strict definition of disability.  Benefits are not paid for partial disability or short-term disability.  Social Security finds disability when you cannot do the work you did before; you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and the disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death. If you have any questions about a your claim, don’t hesitate to contact the attorney.