Q. What Type of Disability is Required Before I Qualify?

A. To be eligible for Social Security (SS) benefits, you must have mental and/or physical impairments of such severity that they prevent you from engaging in substantial gainful activity for a period of twelve (12) months or longer. This means you should be unable to work in any job that you are qualified for and that would reasonably be available to you, not just the job you had before your disability. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will consider various factors, including your ability to return to your previous job, your age, education, and work experience when evaluating your eligibility for benefits.