Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Requirements for Disability

Applications for disability

Tips and Advice for Disability

How long does Disability take?

Winning Disability Benefits

Common Claim Mistakes

Mental Disability Benefits

Denials for Disability

Appeals for denied claims

Disability Benefits from SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Child Disability Benefits

Qualifications, Qualifying

Working and Disability

Disability Awards, Notices

Hiring Disability Lawyers

List of Disability Conditions

What SSA finds disabling

SSD SSI Medical Evidence

Filing for Disability

Eligibility for Disability

SSD SSI Definitions

Questions and Answers

SSDRC Disability Blog

Ask a Question, get an Answer - Social Security Disability and SSI

First...the laundry list of do's and don'ts.

Item 1: Very important and please pay attention: This website is not the Social Security Administration, and is not connected with, and not affiliated with the Social Security Administration in any way. Please do not submit requests for the status on your case because, at the risk of being very redundant...we are not the Social Security Administration.

Item 2: Very specific questions about any ongoing case should always be referred to your local SSA office. That way, you can ensure that the answer you get is actually relevant to your specific case.

Item 3: Also, do not enclose your personal information such as your date of birth or SSN. It is never safe to do this online. For example, even if your own personal email was hacked, your "sent" emails could be obtained and the personal information you recorded could become available to others. Obviously, then, this is not a good idea and certainly not safe to do. If you send us a question with this type of information embedded in it, at the risk of sounding mean...the question will not be answered.


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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.

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