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.