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Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Requirements for Disability

Applications for disability

Tips and Advice for Disability Claims

How long does Disability take?

Winning Disability Benefits

Common Mistakes after a Denial

Mental Disability Benefits

Denials for Disability

Appeals for denied claims

Disability Benefits from SSA

SSI Benefits

Child Disability Benefits

Qualifications and How to Qualify

Working and Disability

Disability Awards and Notices

Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys

Social Security List of Conditions

What Social Security considers disabling

Medical Evidence and Disability

Filing for Disability Benefits

Eligibility for Disability Benefits

SSD SSI Definitions

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How does social security define work quarters?

Work quarters or credits refer to monetary amounts that enable a person to become insured for Social Security disability benefits. An individual can earn four quarters or credits per year. Most individuals need to have forty work credits to be eligible for retirement. However, younger individuals need fewer credits to be eligible for social security disability benefits.

What happens if you become disabled and need to file for disability, but you think you have not worked enough to be eligible for social security disability? You may still apply for disability benefits with the social security administration. However, the application may be filed in the supplemental security income program, which offers disability benefits to those who are not insured for SSD.

However, SSI disability is a need-based program; therefore if you are married, your spouse's income will be counted in determining whether or not you are eligible. Also, if you have at least $2,000.00 in assets this may make you ineligible as well.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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How many work quarters do you need to qualify for disability?
What If I Do Not Have Enough Work Credits For Social Security Disability Benefits?
What Determines If You Are Covered for SSDI - Social Security disability Insurance?
How does social security define work quarters?
Not enough accumulated quarters for Social Security Disability, what do I do?
Question about when Social Security Disability Benefits began (date of onset)

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria