Social Security disability benefits can be vital for many disabled individuals who are unable to work because of a debilitating medical condition they suffer from. Also, unfortunately, many claims for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are initially denied so it is important to know how to qualify and be prepared to submit the strongest application possible for benefits.

To begin with, it is important for disabled individuals and their families to understand that there are medical and work history requirements that must be met in order to receive Social Security disability benefits. To meet the definition of disability, the disabled individual must suffer from a medical condition that prevents them from working and is not temporary in nature but is expected to last 12 months or longer. The Social Security Administration maintains a list of qualifying medical conditions but disabled individuals can also demonstrate their disability through medical records.

Secondly, to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, disabled individuals must meet work history requirements. To meet the work history requirements, the disabled applicant must have worked in a job that paid into Social Security and must have earned enough work history credits to qualify for benefits. The amount of credits needed to qualify for benefits can vary so disabled applicants should be familiar with the number of work history credits needed when they are applying for benefits.

Social Security disability benefits are oftentimes much-needed benefits for disabled individuals and their families. As a result, it is essential to be familiar with eligibility requirements for SSD benefits, know how to apply for them and what to do if a claim for Social Security disability benefits has been denied.