how many years of work is required for a US citizen to get SSDI? Is it possible to get the requirement waived?
Social Security Lawyers
Social Security is an insurance program where workers (and their employers) pay premiums through payroll taxes. Except for very young workers, a person mut have earned 40 "covered quarters" which amounts to 10 years in the workforce. This requirement is not subject to waiver.
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Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Attorney Day has provided the chart which is worth reading. Younger workers need fewer quarters; older workers need more. If you don't have sufficient quarters of coverage; look at SSI or possibly an ancillary claim such as a widower/widow claim