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

Can You Apply For Disability Benefits When You Lose Your Job?

Even if you apply for disability, Social Security may find that your medical or mental conditions do not meet the severity level needed to qualify for disability. However, claimants who are denied on a disability application should not be put off by this. Most claims are initially denied and many of these individuals are successful at later getting approved at a disability hearing in which their representative presents their claim to an administrative law judge.

As to employment, just because an individual loses their job, it does not mean that they are entitled to disability benefits with Social Security. Social Security Disability is not an unemployment program. You have to have a medically determinable medical or mental condition that has prevented you from working at SGA (a monthly earnings amount that Social Security considers to be substantial gainful activity); or that you expect will prevent you from working for twelve months; or that you expect will result in death.

Having said that, if you lost your job and have not been able to find work because you have medical or mental conditions that affect your ability to find employment, you should consider filing for disability.

There are some individuals who have worked with an employer for years and are then laid off from their job. Often, employers are aware of an individual’s health problems; however, they still allow the individual to maintain their employment. This is because there are instances in which employers give an employee special considerations that enable the employee to continue working.

Special considerations or subsidies might include longer breaks, less production, or even more time off. A new employer is unlikely to provide the special considerations needed for the employee to continue working. And this is why a person who has been laid off from a job who has a disabling physical impairment or mental impairment might find themselves suddenly unemployable and in the position of applying for SSD benefits.

Individuals with significant health problems jobs should consider filing for Social Security Disability if they have lose their job and are totally unable to perform substantial work activity. Of course, all individuals who apply for Social Security Disability should remember that it is a total disability program not a partial disability or a short term disability program.

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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