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 the Medical Rules for Receiving Disability Grant Benefits for Short Term Social Security or SSI?

Technically, no. That's because the social security definition of disability assumes that for a person to receive a Social Security Disability or SSI award, their condition must be long lasting.

It is not written in stone that the condition must be absolutely permanent. And this is evident in the fact that SSA will conduct a review of a claim every few years. The purpose of a disability review, of course, is to A) See if the individual has experienced medical improvement in their condition, be it mental or physical and B) Subsequent to any improvement they may have experienced, check to see if they still meet the qualifications for disability.

However, even though the social security administration assumes that a condition may potentially improve over time, disability benefits are granted under the implicit notion that a person's condition is severe enough that they may, in fact, never return to work activity.

The actual defintition of disability used by SSA makes clear that a person's state of disability must be severe enough that it lasts for one full year. Conditions that are severe enough to satisfy all other facts of the social security definition of disability (meaning that they impose enough physical and mental restrictions that an individual no longer has the ability to work and earn a substantial and gainful income), but do not last a full 12 months time--meaning that they will be considered to have improved--will be be denied on the basis of "duration".

To recap, SSI and SSD benefits cannot be awarded when a disabling condition does not last for at least a full year. Having said this, though, when a case is decided by a social security judge at a disability hearing, it is possible for the judge to award a lump sum payment for what is known as a closed period. A closed period is a less-than-12-month time period in which the person may have been fully disabled according to the rules and regulations of the social security administration.

A closed period cannot be awarded at the first two levels of the disability system and can only be awarded by an Administrative law judge, or ALJ, at a social security hearing. Very few claimants who go to hearings unrepresented, however, will know that such a request can be made and this helps to undescore the value of having social security representation in the form of a disability lawyer or disability representative.

Essential Questions

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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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