Social Security defines a disability as a mental or physical condition which is (A) severe and (B) will last reasonably or has lasted for twelve months. For example, let’s assume that you have a back injury, and as a result of that back injury, you’re out of the workforce for twenty-four months. You would theoretically be entitled to Social Security because your condition has lasted for more than twelve months for what’s called a closed period, that is for two years, and after two years it would stop. That is how Social Security deals with injuries generally. The answer is you don’t have to be permanently disabled but your disability must last for at least twelve months.
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