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

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.

Essential Questions

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Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

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Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

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The listings, list of disabling impairments

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Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

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How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

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Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

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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?
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If you apply for disability in Connecticut

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

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

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?

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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