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

Will my claim for SSD or SSI Disability Benefits be denied?

A claim for SSD or SSI disability will be denied if the case fails to satisfy the social security administration definition of disability. That definition requires that the individual who is filing for benefits be disabled for a period of not less than one full year before monthly disability benefits may be approved.

However, what does SSA mean by "disabled"?. The definition of disability used by the social security administration is different from that used by other governmental agencies and private insurance companies. To be considered disabled, an individual's disability must last the minimum 12 month period as mentioned, and in that time the person must be --

1. Unable to "substantially and gainfully" work at any job they have done in the relevant past. This means potentially all jobs performed within the last 15 years.

2. Unable to "substantially and gainfully" work at any other type of job for which they might be eligible as a result of their mental and physical capabilities, age, education, and transferrable or non-transferrable work skills.

At this point, however, a clarification should be made. Qualifying for disability under this definition of disability does not strictly mean that a person cannot have the ability to work during this 12 month period. There are individuals who engage in work activity while they are filing for disability. And there are individuals who receive disability benefits while they are engaged in work activity.

You can work while pursing or receiving disability benefits. You simply cannot earn more than a certain maximum amount while you are working. This maximum amount is known as the SGA limit. SGA is the level at which a person is no considerable disabled. Translation: if you can work and earn at least the SGA limit amount that is in effect for a given year, then you cannot be considered disabled by SSA. The flip side to this is that you can receive disability benefits if your earnings are under this limit.

Receiving SSD or SSI disability benefits, in actuality, is not about proving that an individual no longer has the ability to work, but, rather, proving that they can no longer work and earn a livable income, a.k.a. a substantial and gainful income.

Another way to approach this question (Will my claim for SSD or SSI Disability Benefits be denied?), though, is to state that a claim will be denied if a person's medical records do not show that they have the physical or mental limitations necessary to prove that they are unable to engage in work activity at a substantial and gainful activity level. The information gained from medical records will determine the outcome of a disability claim.

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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.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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