Answers: What are the eligibility requirements for Social Security disability benefits?

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must have a mental or physical disability that prevents you from doing a substantial amount of work and lasts for at least 12 months. To determine whether you can work a substantial amount, Social Security looks at the functional limitations you have. Social Security will find you disabled only if there are no jobs you can do. A Social Security disability attorney can provide answers for your specific situation.