Who is Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Benefits are available to workers who:
- Are at least 18 years of age but have not yet reached their full retirement age; and
- Have worked 5 of the last 10 years (40 quarters) preceding the date of disability with FICA (Social Security) deductions (no "off the books"); and
- Cannot, for medical reasons, hold any substantial, gainful employment for at least a one year.
- All three of these criteria must be met by applicants to be considered eligible.