Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

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How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

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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SSDRC Disability Blog

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.

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

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.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
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?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria