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

What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?

  1. The Steps of The Social Security Disability Determination Process
    Social Security uses the same medical determination process for both SSI and SSD. The evaluation process is known as the five-step sequential evaluation process.

  2. What is the Social Security definition of disability?
    The definition of disability states that an individual must have a severe impairment that has either lasted, or can be expected to last, for a minimum of one year.

  3. Why is the Social Security Administration definition of disability so strict?
    Here's what the social security administration has to say about the definition of disability that is used by the SSD and SSI programs and why it is as strict as it is.

  4. Social Security Disability--Permanent Disability
    Although you do not have to be permanently disabled to qualify for SSD or SSI benefits, you do have to be totally disabled, as defined by the social security administration

  5. Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
    If you have been awarded Social Security Disability benefits, there is nothing in the Social Security regulations that would prevent a disability beneficiary from receiving disability benefits because of a medical or mental condition, and at some point returning to work. In fact, Social Security offers many incentives to encourage disability recipients to return to work.

  6. Does A Certain Percentage of VA Disability Automatically Make You Eligible For Social Security Disability?
    Having a 100 percent VA rating, under newer SSA guidelines, can allow your claim with the Social Security Administration to receive expedited processing. However, this does not mean that the claim with SSA will necessarily be approved.

  7. Will social security try to determine if a person is totally disabled?
    Another way of putting it is that for a person to receive disability benefits in the SSD or SSI program, they must satisfy the following conditions.

  8. How severe must my medical and/or mental condition be to receive an approval for Social Security Disability benefits?
    Severity" is a key component to claims filed under the title II (Social Security Disability) and title 16 (SSI, or supplemental security income) disability programs. In fact, severity is the first question addressed by the five step sequential evaluation process which is used by both disability examiners

  9. How Far Back Does Social Security Look At Your Medical Records for an SSDI or SSI Case?
    Past or old medical records can provide useful information as to how debilitating your medical impairment has been over the course of time.

  10. What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
    To qualify for SSI disability or SSD disability on the basis of satisfying a listing can be fairly difficult. Most claims that are eventually approved are not approved on the basis of meeting or equaling the requirements of a listing. If this is the case, how do you qualify for SSI, or for Social Security Disability? The social security administration has a second route for approvals which are called "medical vocational allowances".

  11. Qualifications for SSI and Social Security Disability
    If a person has a severe condition that prevents them from earning a substantial and gainful income, will it result in their being given a Social Security Disability award (or SSI award as the case may be)? Not necessarily.

  12. What is a disability according to the Social Security Administration?
    According to SSA, a disability is any condition, or set of conditions, that meets its definition of disability.

  13. If I am Awarded Social Security Disability Will My Benefits be Cutoff Later?
    There is always the possibility that Social Security will cut off your disability benefits. That said, the majority of people who are approved for disability do not return to work, and continue to collect benefits until they either reach the age of full retirement, or until their death.

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.

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