What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips ó how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Will You Possibly Get Less Than Total Disability From Social Security?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Social Security disability is not a partial or percentage disability program. The definition of Social Security disability holds that a disability is a physical or mental condition that has prevented a person from performing substantial gainful activity (work) for at least twelve month, or is expected to prevent SGA for twelve months.
SGA, or substantial gainful activity can be defined as a monthly earnings amount that Social Security considers self-supporting.
To qualify for disability a person must not be able to perform any of their past work (work they have performed in the past fifteen years that was at the SGA-level and which lasted three months or more) or any other work due to the limitations caused by their disability.
Unlike partial disability programs such as Veteranís Administration disability, Social Security disability does not award partial disability benefits based on a percentage of disability. Social Security is not like short term disability or long term disability benefits provided by employers, in that, to be awarded disability benefits through Social Security or SSI, an individual must not only be unable to perform their usual line of work, but other kinds of work as well. For this reason, an individual will never receive less than total disability from Social Security.
It was my experience as a disability examiner that many individuals who were eligible for veteranís benefits or long term employer disability benefits sometimes had a hard time being approved for Social Security disability, simply because the criteria for Social Security disability determinations are much stricter than criteria used to make long term disability or veteranís disability determinations.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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