Social Security Disability Resource Center

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Mental Disability | What is a disability? | Tips
SSI Benefits | How to Win | Disability Awards
Hearings | Appeals | List of Disabling Conditions

Qualifying for disability benefits can be very hard but not impossible

Someone wrote the following on the facebook page for "I'm beginning to think you have to be dead to receive it."

Not quite...but if a person does not meet or equal a listing, it can be difficult to get approved if they are under age 55 (advanced age) and absolutely more difficult if they are under age 45.

To understand more of the process, see the following:

The requirements for disability
How to win disability

The medical vocational rules for physical ranges of work capacity are not generous for individuals below those ages. However, that does not mean that a person cannot get approved if they fit into the younger age bands. A combination of mental and physical impairments can often have the effect of negating a person's ability to both A) return to their past work and B) switch to some type of other work.

I would say that if a person is a younger individual, certain younger than 45, and they are going to a hearing they would be extremely foolish to go without representation because that is when a theory of the case will need to be formulated and presented to the administrative law judge.

For individuals 50 and older (more favorable vocational rules) and individuals 55 and over (even more favorable vocational rules), cases do not usually present such an uphill climb.

  • What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

  • What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

  • Which conditions will social security recognize as a disability?

  • Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

  • SSDRC Homepage:

    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center

    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Medical exams for disability claims

    Applying for Disability in various states

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits

    FAQ on Disability Claim Representation

    Disability hearings before Judges

    Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    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

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Applying for Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    Related pages:

    Rules for disability
    Social Security Disability, SSI and Being Over the Age of Fifty
    Age will play a role in determining decisions on disability claims
    How does age affect a disability case?
    Can you get SSI for a mental disability if there is a trust fund?
    Does Social Security send you to their doctors?
    How hard is it to qualify for disability?
    Disability requirements and how to file in Virginia
    Can you get SSI disability faster with financial problems?
    How Old Do You Have To Be For Social Security Disability?
    Medical conditions for which you can file and apply for disability

    These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

    What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
    Disability for a mental condition
    Tips for Filing for disability
    Financial Help Filing For Disability
    Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
    Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
    Filing a disability application: the steps
    Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
    How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
    What makes you eligible to get disability?
    How to check my disability claim status?
    Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
    SSI disability Award Letter
    How long to get approved for disability?
    How to apply for disability benefits
    How long does disability back pay take?
    What are qualifications for getting disability?
    What medical conditions can you file disability for?
    Disability Lawyer help questions
    Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives