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What are the Social Security Disability qualifications?

May 18, 2018

You may qualify for SSD benefits if you have a medical condition that’s expected to last at least one year or result in death.

Generally, if you can meet the SSA’s requirements for these two earnings tests, you may qualify for benefits:

  • Recent Work Test
  • The “recent work” test considers your age at the time you became disabled.

  • Duration of Work Test

    The “duration of work” test determines if you have worked long enough while paying Social Security taxes.

In addition to passing the work tests, you also must prove that your medical condition is disabling. The SSA considers a number of different impairments disabling.