If you have been affected by an injury or medical condition that’s made you unable to work, you may qualify for SSD/SSI. Your impairment must have lasted for at least a year, expected to last for a year or possibly in death. You are also required to have worked and paid Social Security Tax for 5 years out of the 10 years immediately preceding the start of your disability.
If you haven’t worked and paid SS for enough years, you can still qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Otherwise, you must prove you can’t do any kind of other work based on your age, education, and work experience. You can’t qualify for benefits if you’re able to work but just can’t get hired.