How do I qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

You qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits by meeting the definition of disability under the Social Security framework, and that is, do you have a severe medically determinable impairment that has lasted or is expected to last at least one year. That is, you have to show evidence of a condition that is so significant that it keeps you from doing work activity at the level of eight hours a day, five days a week, week in, week out, and your condition has to be expected to last more than one year.

So lets say you have a broken bone, and it's expected to heal within six months, and you're back at work, then that may not qualify. However, if you have more significant injuries, and you're expected to be out longer than a year, then you may qualify for benefits then.