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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
- Duration of Work Test
The “duration of work” test determines if you have worked long enough while paying Social Security taxes.
The “recent work” test considers your age at the time you became disabled.
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.