If you have been disabled for a period of time and return to work you still may qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits.  The Social Security Administration defines a closed period of disability as “the period of disability with a definite beginning date and a definite ending date. . . . ”  Program Operations Manual System (POMS) DI 25510.001.

Many people return to work following a period of disability because their health or injuries improve.  Some have no choice because they need an income to survive.  Generally if a person is unable to work for a period of 12 months or more and meets the medical requirements he or she may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Benefits.