Social Security & Disabilities

Does your medical condition prohibit you from being able to work? If so, you may be eligible to receive social security disability benefits. To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must first have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. Then you must have a medical condition that meets Social Security's definition of disability.

Your work record should show that you’ve worked and paid into the Social Security system recently, generally five out of the last 10 years.

Medical Conditions – Social Security has a listing of medical condition requirements to determine whether you are disabled. Those listings range from back and neck problems; heart conditions; neurological conditions; depression; cancer; trouble walking and grasping.


Social Security may consider you disabled if:

  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.