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The Recent Work Test and Disability Benefits

Most applicants who petition for SSDI assistance are required to meet two different earnings tests. The first one is the "recent work" test. This is a test that is based on your age in correlation with the time that you became disabled. The government will evaluate how long you have been out of work and the extent of your need based on your circumstances.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), there are certain work requirements associated with different ages. For example, if you became disabled in or before the quarter that you turned 24-years-old, then you will need about 1.5 years of work during the three year period that ends with the quarter when your disability began.

Also, if you became disabled in the quarter after you turned 24 and anytime in between then and the quarter that you turn 31, then you will be evaluated by a different standard. To qualify for disability, you will generally need to prove that you worked during half the time for the period beginning with the quarter after you turned 21 and ending with the quarter when you became disabled. This means that if you became disabled when you were 29, then you will need four years of work, as this would be half of the eight years.

If your disability began in the quarter after you turned 31 or later, then you will need prove that you worked five years out of the 10-year period that ends with the quarter when your disability began. These working tests are used to prove that applicants have contributed to society and made an effort to hold a job until disability prevented them from being able to do so. If you run into complications with the recent work test, then you will want a SSDI lawyer there to assist you. Hire an attorney at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC to represent you when you petition for acceptance!