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
Social Security Disability SSI and Activities of Daily Living
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Social Security disability programs are based upon functional ability rather than a specific medical condition or mental condition. This means that they are looking to see how your medical or mental condition prevents you from performing activities that affect your ability to work at a SGA level.
One of the ways that Social Security disability examiners evaluate the effect your disabling condition has on your ability to work is to look at how your condition affects your ability to do routine daily activities.
Routine activities of daily living might include, but are not limited to, performing household chores, driving, shopping, fixing your own meals, socializing, visiting family and friends, ability to handle money, perform your own personal grooming and hygiene, pay your own bills, etc. Activities of daily living are just activities you might do in a normal day.
Social Security disability examiners gather this information most often through activities of daily living questionnaires (you complete this questionnaire) and third party questionnaires (the third party person you provided during your disability interview or on your disability report form). The information contained in these questionnaires help a disability examiner who has never met you make a determination as to what your functional capacity might be.
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Topics and Questions
What Can You Do to Make Sure Your Social Security Disability Reconsideration Gets Approved?
Social Security Disability SSI and Filing based on Fibromyalgia
Do you get disability back payments from social security?
How far back are Social Security disability benefits awarded on an appeal?
Applying for disability benefits in New Jersey
What is the difference between the social security PIA and the Family Max ?
What Benefits come with SSI Disability?
Dire Need and Getting a Social Security Disability or SSI Case Speeded Up
What is protective filing for social security disability or SSI ?
Does social security contact your former work employers when you file for disability?
Closed Head Injury and Filing for Disability
How Long Will It Take For A Decision Letter For Social Security Disability?
What is the Role of a Social Security Disability Representative?
Social Security Disability SSI - Mental and Physical Residual Functional Capacity
Is An ALJ More Likely To Grant A Claim For Disability?
Colon Cancer and Filing for Disability
What does SSA consider a severe impairment for Social Security Disability or SSI Disability Benefits?
What are the odds of a judge giving you a disability denial?
Qualifying for disability benefits with the social security administration
Complex Regional Pain Sydrome and Filing for Disability
Filing for SSD Disability - When Should You put in a Claim?
Responsibilities of the Disability Representative Before and After the Social Security Hearing
Is there an income limit to be under when you apply for disability?
The Social Security Disability Application
What should you get from your doctor to file for disability benefits?
Social Security Disability Requirements
Who Makes The Social Security Disability Decision, A Judge Or A Caseworker?
Social Security Disability List of Impairments
SSI Benefits - who is Eligible and How do I apply for them?
Does The Social Security Disability Reconsideration Have A Time Limit?
The SSI Award Letter from Social Security
Why Is It Hard to be Found Disabled for Social Security Disability or SSI for Seizures?
Filing Disability Appeals- Reminders About the SSD, SSI Appeal Process
The Difference Between Social Security Disability and SSI Really Involves Work Activity
Tips for Getting Disability Approved When you File with Social Security
I Need To Apply For SSI or SSD But I Do Not Know Where to Start?
Social Security Disability Back Pay
What Is The Social Security Disability Activities of Daily Living Questionnaire?
Application Requirements For Disability - What Do I Need To Start The Claim?
The Social Security Award Letter
How Likely Is It That A Social Security Disability Claim Will Be Won Prior To The Hearing Level?
Conditions that may qualify as a Disability
How Does Social Security Disability Make Its Decision?
Mental Disability Benefits and What Social Security will Consider
What Does It Mean If you Are Denied For Disability Because Of Other Work?
Will a Disability attorney try to Help You get Your Medical Records?
Congenital Heart Defects and Filing for Disability
If Social Security Disability sends you to an Exam, will it be done by your doctor?
Does social security care if you are working when you are applying for disability?
Congestive Heart Failure and Filing for Disability
Social Security Notice of Denial for a Disability Application or Appeal
The Medical Records That Are Best For A Social Security Disability Claim
Getting a disability lawyer in South Carolina
How Does A Social Security Disability Examiner Determine a Personís Functional Limitations?
Getting a disability lawyer in Tennessee
Disability Lawyer Success Rate - Do Lawyers Improve The Chances of Winning?
Hiring a Qualified Disability Lawyer in Illinois
Do I Have A Good Chance Of Winning Social Security Disability On Appeal?
When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
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
Special Section: Disability Lawyers and unnecessary claim denials