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Social Security Disability Definitions

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Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

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Social Security Mental Disability Benefits

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Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify

Social Security Disability and Working

Winning your Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability Back Pay Benefits

Social Security Disability SSI Awards and Award Notices

Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney

Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions

What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?

Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence

Filing for Disability Benefits

Eligibility for Disability Benefits

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How do I qualify for a Social Security Retirement monthly benefit ?

There are a couple of simple qualifications for Social Security retirement. An individual must have attained the age of 62 and have 40 work credits. How are work credits earned? You may receive as many as four work credits per year (i.e. per quarter) based on your gross earned income.

For example, in 2006, a work credit was earned for each quarter in which a worker had gross earnings of at least $970.00. Therefore, it would take approximately 10 years of work credits (spread over thirty-five to forty years) to make an individual eligible to receive Social Security retirement benefits.

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