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

How Will Social Security Disability or SSI Look At My Case If I have More Than One Disabling Condition?

Social Security considers all of your disabling conditions when they make a medical disability determination. It does not matter whether you have one or more than one disabling condition. In fact, Social Security is more concerned about how your disabling condition, or a combination of conditions, affects your ability to perform substantial work activity than the conditions themselves.

The disability examiner assigned to your disability claim must first determine if you have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment (s). This can only be done through objective medical evidence from an acceptable medical source (i.e. a licensed physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.). Social Security does not consider a chiropractor to be an acceptable medical source, although they will consider any objective medical tests contained in their records.

Once the disability examiner determines that you have a medically determinable disabling condition (s), they must evaluate the severity of your condition or conditions. At this point, your disability claim will be approved for benefits if your disabling condition (s) meet or equal the criteria of a Social Security medical impairment listing (in the blue book, also known as the Social Security Disability list of impairments).

Unfortunately, few disability claimants actually meet or equal the strict criteria of an impairment listing. If your condition or conditions do not meet or equal the criteria of an impairment listing, your disability claim still has a chance of being approved through a medical vocational allowance. Medical vocational disability determinations take your age, education, past work, and residual functional capacity (residual functional capacity is what you are able to do in spite of the limitations of your disabling condition or conditions) into consideration.

The disability process involves an evaluation of your ability to perform substantial work activity (Social Security determines a monthly earnings amount that it considers to be substantial gainful activity or SGA) as well as an evaluation of your medical and/or mental conditions. Disability examiners must determine whether or not you can perform any of your past relevant work (work that lasted for three months or more, in which you earned substantial earnings, and had time to learn the job) considering your residual functional capacity.

If they find you unable to perform any of your past work, they must also determine if you are able to perform other types of work considering your age, transferability of your job skills, residual functional capacity, and education. You can only be found disabled under Social Security guidelines if you are unable to do any past work, or any other work at a substantial gainful activity level because of the limitations imposed upon you by your disabling condition(s).

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

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Related pages:

What is considered a Disabling medical condition by Social Security?
Can you File for Disability for more than one Condition?
How Disabling Does A Condition Have To Be For Social Security Disability, SSDI Benefits?
Receiving Benefits - Your Medical Condition and Social Security Disability or SSI
What Conditions Qualify For Social Security Disability?
Receiving disability for a mental condition in North Carolina
What condition or conditions qualifies for disability in North Carolina?
Social Security Disability Approvals - Medical Conditions and Getting Approved
Social Security Disability, previous employers, and past job work performance
If you apply for disability in Hawaii
Getting a Disability Lawyer in Hawaii

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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