How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Applying for disability on the basis of a physical impairment

If you have a physical impairment that has prevented you from working for twelve months, or you expect that it will prevent substantial work (working at the SGA level), you should consider applying for Social Security disability or SSI. Social Security looks at all impairments in the same way and whether you have a physical or mental impairment the evaluation process is the same.

Related: Should I apply for social Security disability or SSI?

If you are applying for disability, you should be prepared to answer questions with regard to your medical treatment, sources of medical treatment, approximate dates of treatment, and medications. You will also need to know the types of work and approximate dates you performed your jobs over the past fifteen years if you have worked that long. Why 15 years? This is considered by SSA to be the relevant period. Jobs in this timeframe, of course, are only considered relevant if you actually worked the job long enough to actually the requirements of the job.

Once your disability claim has been filed, it would not be a bad idea for you to have your physician complete an RFC (residual functional capacity) form or medical source statement to address the limitations imposed upon you by your physical impairment.

If you are unable to get that, you could perhaps get them to complete a statement that provides a diagnosis, treatment, response to treatment, prognosis, and their opinion as to your limitations.

Social Security disability rules state that treating physicians should be given weight by disability examiners in making a disability determination, however the opinions of these doctors must be backed up by objective medical evidence. If they just provide a statement that you are disabled, it will not help your disability claim. Social Security disability is based upon functionality, therefore any evidence that supports the allegation you are severely limited by your physical impairment will help.

However, what about when you file for disability and have both Mental and Physical Conditions? This linked page addresses this.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

New and featured pages on SSDRC.com

Who can help me file for disability?

Related pages:

How long does it take to get SSI Disability Benefits?
Can I get Retroactive SSI Disability Benefits?
What Are The Odds of Winning A Social Security Disability Appeal?
Social Security and Disability Benefits for Children
Social Security Disability Representation - Lawyers and Representatives
Winning Social Security Disability or SSI
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify for Benefits
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
How long does it take for Social Security Disability SSI?
Social Security Disability and SSI Denials
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Questions about SSI Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability Back Pay Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI Awards and Award Notices
Social Security Disability Back Pay Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Tips and Advice for Social Security Disability and SSI Claims

Filing your claim for disability benefits

Social Security Disability and SSI Decisions

What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?

Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

Questions about getting Approved for disability

The Social Security Disability and SSI Appeal Process

Disability Hearings - Information on the Social Security Hearing Process

The Disability Decision Process and What gets taken into Consideration

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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