Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Social Security Disability and SSI Denials
Social Security Disability and SSI Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability Back Pay Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI Awards and Award Notices
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
Ask a question, get an answer Can you get Social Security Temporary Disability?
How to qualify for disability - The Process of Qualifying for Benefits - The Process of Qualifying
Social Security Disability SSI Eligibility Requirements and Criteria
Filing for Disability - Blind in one eye and a Learning Disability, Do I have a Case?
"I'm blind in one eye and I have learning disability I'm 21 and live with my parents I've never been employed I'm considering filing a claim however I'm not sure If i have a case"
A person can be approved for title II benefits (Social Security Disability) or title 16 benefits (SSI disability) on the basis of a mental condition or physical condition. As a disability examiner, it was the exception for me to ever see a case that did not involve multiple medical conditions. And, usually, the claimant listed both physical and mental condition. For example, degenerative disc disease and depression, or fibromyalgia and attention deficit.
In your particular case, due to your age, I have to wonder if you are insured for Social Security Disability. If you are not, you would need to have your application for disability filed under SSI. However, your insured status and the program that your claim is filed under would be determined by the social security office that does the intake for your claim.
I think the question we should focus on is whether or not you have a case. And, to be honest, that may not be something you can determine in advance of filing for disability. You may wish to speak with a disability attorney prior to filing. However, even that individual may not be able to ascertain this. Often, the only way to know how a case stands is to first review the medical evidence. That's not something you should do on your own, of course. And, as contrary as this may sound, that's not even something your own doctor would be competent in doing (because physicians typically have no understanding of the disability criteria used by the Social Security Administration to determine eligibility for disability benefits).
But...unless you have copies of your records to take to a consultation with a disability attorney or non-attorney disability representative, there may be little for that individual to go on. True, some representatives will decides to take a case or decline to take a case based on the information you provide during the initial consultation, but it has been my experience that this is often a very poor way to screen cases. There are many instances in which a claimant or potential claimant will not realize what is actually in their records. In certain instances, they may even be unaware of what each of their diagnoses are.
So...you can seek a consultation with a disability representative and see what sort of input you receive. However, the real standard for deciding whether or not you should file for disability is this: does your overall condition currently prevent you from engaging in work activity at a level that allows you to earn what the Social Security Administration refers to as a substantial and gainful income, a.k.a. SGA?
If the answer to that question is yes, then you should file for disability with your local Social Security office. After the claim is started, it will be assigned to a disability examiner who will get your evidence together, evaluate it, and make a decision. If you get denied, don't worry about it. Statistically, most claims are at the first level. But, at that point, you will have medical records associated with your file and a prospective disability representative may be in a better position to give you feedback on your chances, and possibly provide representation services.
My personal preference is not to do this online since the online process does not allow an SSI claim with a protected filing date to be taken. This, plus the fact that many claims are concurrent, meaning they involve both SSI and SSD, allows to easily point someone toward contacting a local office and doing the claim with a live CR, or claims representative. Speaking with a CR in person (the interview can be done over the phone, too) allows you to actually ask questions and receives answers to your questions.
And, in actuality, there are few instances where a claim is started online and a CR does not have to contact you anyway to resolve questions about the claim you started online. All of this being the case, why bother with doing the claim online (provided, of course, that it is feasible for you to get to a local Social Security office)?
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria