To qualify for social security disability benefits you must have worked for a job that was covered under social security. You must have worked long enough, and recently enough, to build work credits under Social Security to qualify for disability benefits. Social Security work credits are based on your total yearly wages or self-employment income. You can earn up to four credits each year.
If you have paid into social security and you are eligible for its benefit, then you must also have a medical condition that falls under socials security’s definition of disability. Social security only pays for total disability; there are no benefits for partial or short-term disability. The social security’s definition of disability is as follows: Your condition must significantly limit your ability to do basic work such as lifting, standing, walking, sitting, and remember- for at least 12 months. Social Security will find you disabled if you cannot do the work that you did before, that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition, and that it has lasted or is expected to last at least one year or result in death.