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
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Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Social Security Temporary Disability - Can I get temporary benefits?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
I was visiting a Social Security disability forum recently, and someone posted the question, “I need help, can I get temporary Social Security disability?”.
I am sorry to say there is no such thing as Social Security Temporary disability. In fact, the whole premise of Social Security disability is that an individual has been unable to work at a substantial level for a year, or that the individual expects to be unable to work at a substantial level for a year due to a medical and/or mental condition.
Furthermore, Social Security disability is based upon the fact that you are unable to return to your past work. or perform any other work due to your mental or physical impairments. And again, this condition must be expected to last for at least twelve months and may be permanent.
In addition to this misconception, some individuals mistakenly assume that the social security disability and SSI program use percentage ratings for disability claims. But this is not the case. Social Security disability and SSI are not based upon a percentage of disability, such as those disability benefits paid by the Veteran’s Administration.
Simply put, if you have a disabling impairment, or impairments, and your state of disability does not last twelve months, you are not considered to be disabled by the Social Security Administration.
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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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