When you incur an injury that leaves you disabled, you may wonder how you will provide for your family. Sometimes you may be able to get Social Security Disability benefits so you can continue to help your family. Before you can receive these benefits, though, you usually have to meet the eligibility requirements.

The Social Security Administration has several criteria to help determine if you are eligible for disability benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, your condition has to affect your life for one year or more. Additionally, it has to impede your ability to work. If you cannot perform your usual job, the SSA generally considers whether you can do a different type of work. If you cannot work at all, then the department may decide that you are eligible for disability benefits.

The SSA has a comprehensive list of conditions that typically qualify for Social Security Disability. The administration generally compares your condition or your symptoms to the list to determine if your condition qualifies for disability benefits. Sometimes your condition may not match the ones on the list. When this happens, the SSA usually considers the way your condition affects your life.

You may think that you can get Social Security Disability at any point in your working life. However, you usually have to work a certain amount of hours to receive these benefits. This is because the SSA uses a credit system. You typically earn credits based on how much money you earn each year. If you want to receive disability benefits, you usually have to have 40 credits. Additionally, you may have to earn some of these credits within the last 10 years to qualify for Social Security Disability.