Overview of Disability

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How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

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Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

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How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

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What will determine my SSDI or SSI disability benefit amount?

The determining factor for your disability amount depends upon which program you are eligible to receive disability benefits in, meaning SSDI or SSI.

If you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI), your disability benefit amount is determined by your earnings prior to your becoming disabled. If you had high earnings prior to becoming disabled, you will receive more than someone who has had lower earnings. No other factor is considered when calculating your Social Security disability benefits.

If you are to receive Supplemental Security Income disability benefits (SSI), your disability benefits amount is set by congress. Congress sets a maximum monthly SSI benefit amount each year.

Note: not all SSI disability beneficiaries receive the same monthly amount due to other factors that affect what amount that can be paid. SSI disability is a need based disability program and, as such, income, outside help from family and friends, and living arrangements can reduce the maximum amount payable.

Income and outside financial help are easily understandable; however living arrangements may not be so easily understood.

If you receive SSI, you must be able to pay your fair share of the essential household expenses (i.e. rent, heat, water, power, etc.) where you live. If you are in a household of four people, you must be able to pay 25% of the expenses. If you cannot, you will not receive the full SSI monthly benefit amount.

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

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What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time
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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.

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How Long Does It Take To Go Before A Judge For Disability?
Will a Judge give you an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
What happens when you go to a disability hearing?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical conditions
Social Security Disability lawyer fee
Can a lawyer or attorney speed up my disability case?
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Going to a medical exam for Social Security Disability or SSI
Filing for disability - How to file the disability application
Do you need a lawyer to file for disability?
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Can you get temporary Social Security disability or SSI benefits?
The Social Security Disability Award Letter
Social Security Disability SSI Eligibility Requirements
How Many Times Will you be denied before You Get Approved for Disability?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
How to Prove disability and qualify to win benefits
How to speed up the disability process
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes
What should you say if you go to a Social Security Exam?
Maximum back pay you can get from Social Security Disability or SSI
How to qualify for disability
What is the Social Security Disability List of Impairments?
What is considered a disability by Social Security?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
Your Social Security Disability Status
How do you find out if a disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to check Social Security Disability Status
Applying for disability, what medical conditions can you apply for?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
How much does disability pay?
Can I get permanent Social Security Disability or SSI?
How long will it take to get a disability decision letter?
Social Security Disability and SSI Medical Exams
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
How Long to get a Disability Hearing decision?
How long to get disability benefits after you receive an award notice?
Social Security Disability and Working
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
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Partial disability benefits from Social Security
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