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Social Security Disability Attorney in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

WE HELP PEOPLE WIN SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Federal law requires this very strict definition of disability. While some programs give money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, Social Security does not.

Certain family members of disabled workers also can receive money from Social Security. This is explained in "Can my family get benefits?"

How Do I Meet the Earnings Requirement for Disability Benefits?

In general, to get disability benefits, you must meet two different earnings tests:

  1. A “recent work” test based on your age at the time you became disabled; and

  2. A “duration of work” test to show that you worked long enough under Social Security.

Certain blind workers have to meet only the “duration of work” test.

The table below shows the rules for how much work you need for the “recent work” test based on your age when your disability began. The rules in this table are based on the calendar quarter in which you turned or will turn a certain age.

The calendar quarters are:

First Quarter: January 1 through March 31

Second Quarter: April 1 through June 30

Third Quarter: July 1 through September 30

Fourth Quarter: October 1 through December 31

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Who Can Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

RULES FOR WORK NEEDED FOR THE “RECENT WORK TEST”


IF YOU BECOME DISABLED... THEN YOU GENERALLY NEED:

In or before the quarter you turn age 24

1.5 years of work during the three-year period ending with the quarter your disability began.

In the quarter after you turn age 24 but before the quarter you turn age 31

1.5 years of work during the three-year period ending with the quarter your disability began.

In the quarter you turn age 31 or later

Work during five years out of the 10-year period ending with the quarter your disability began.


EXAMPLES OF WORK NEEDED FOR THE "DURATION OF WORK" TEST

If you become disabled...Then you generally need:

Before Age 28...1.5 years of work

Age 30...2 years

Age 34...3 years

Age 38...4 years

Age 42...5 years

Age 44...5.5 years

Age 46...6 years

Age 48...6.5 years

Age 50...7 years

Age 52...7.5 years

Age 54...8 years

Age 56...8.5 years

Age 58...9 years

Age 60...9.6 years