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

Can I get disability if I have never worked?

Social Security has a disability program especially for children and individuals who have not worked, worked very little, or have not worked in many years. This disability program is based on need rather than the insured status required by SSDI.

While the SSI disability program does not require you to have worked, you must meet income and resource limits. If you are part of a couple, your spouse’s income and resources will be evaluated and counted toward your eligibility. In the case of a child, parental income and resources are evaluated to determine the eligibility of the child.

SSI disability applicants have to go through the same medical disability determination process as those who are filing for SSDI. You will have to provide Social Security with your treatment information including your doctors, tests, and the medication you are taking. If you have never worked, you will have no job information to provide. However, if you have worked in the past fifteen years information about this work is needed for your SSI claim even if you are not eligible for SSDI.

Once your application has been completed, your disability case is sent to a state disability agency for a medical determination. The disability examiner will get the medical evidence from the medical sources you provided during your disability interview.

If this is not enough medical information, they will schedule you for a consultative examination. Once they have enough medical information, they will make their disability determination. You will receive a decisional letter in the mail.

If you are medically approved for disability, your disability claim will be sent back to your local office so that they can contact you to do an end line interview to make sure you still meet the income and resource limits of the SSI disability program. During this interview, they will address other SSI non-medical issues and put your disability into pay status if you are still eligible.

Essential Questions

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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

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Winning Social Security Disability or SSI
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify for Benefits
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
Requirements for Disability
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How long does it take for Social Security Disability SSI?
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Social Security Disability Back Pay Benefits
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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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