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Does Social Security offer Partial Disability Benefits?

The social security administration does not offer benefits for partial disability. This means two things. First, social security does not pay benefits for conditions involving the loss of use of an extremity or a sense (hearing, vision, smell, etc) if that condition does not also result in a state of disability that conforms to the social security administration definition of disability.

Secondly, and this is somewhat related to the first item, the social security administration does not pay benefits if an individual is found to have a percentage disability rating, such as might be given by the veterans administration.

The two programs operated by the social security administration (title II social security disability benefits and title 16 SSI disability benefits) award benefits to individuals who are considered to be fully disabled and whose condition is not expected to improve in the near future.

In other words, the condition cannot be partial and it must be longstanding.

When does SSA consider a person fully disabled? Basically, this is the case when, as a result of their condition, or combination of conditions (which may be physical or mental, or both), they are unable to work and earn a substantial and gainful income. This means being unable to work at any job they have done in the past as well as at any other type of job.

How does social security measure a person's ability or inability to work? The first way is simple. If the individual has not been able to engage in work activity for at least twelve months, they may be found to qualify for disability benefits if it is determined that their physical or mental condition was the cause. And that determination will be based on whatever functional limitations they are found to have as a result of their condition. This determination, of course, is based on a review of the claimant's medical evidence.

Regarding the second means, if a person has not been out of work for at least for at least 12 months, they can still apply for disability and even win their benefits. This is because the disability examiner who is deciding their claim will be able to look at the records and discern A) when their condition became disabling and B) whether or not it will last at least a full year if it has not already.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Total Disability - Will social security try to determine if a person is totally disabled?
Will You Possibly Get Less Than Total Disability From Social Security?
To get Social security Disability or SSI do you have to have Total Disability?
Does Social Security offer Partial Disability Benefits?
How severe must your condition be to be awarded Social Security Disability or SSI?
Social Security Disability - Permanent Disability
To get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award do you have to have a Permanent Disability?
SSI, household income, parental income, and living arrangements
Was I treated unfairly by the judge at my disability hearing?

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