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

Can you Get Disability if you can do Some Normal Daily Activities?

There are many people who perform some level of volunteer work, yet receive disability benefits. That's because occasional volunteer work and occasional exercise does not correspond to the demands of having to show up at a job each and every day and perform prescribed work duties for 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, week-in, week-out, over the course of years.

The question, for federal disability benefits, is not whether someone is a complete invalid or lacks the ability to comprehend. I say that because, believe it or not, there are thousands of "rational" individuals out there who hold the notion that a person with a disabling condition should be this bad off, or worse, before filing for benefits (I'm sure that opinion changes when and if they themselves develop a disability that prevents them from working and earning a substantial, gainful income).

The question, for federal disability benefits, is whether or not a person is capable of sustaining paid competitive employment. It's for this reason that the social security administration actually attempts to quantify the process in certain ways.

Yes, the Social security administration does look at the claimant's medical records to determine:

A) what their condition is,

B) how severe it is,

C) what the outlook is,

---However, since the decision process is medical and vocational in nature, it also looks at the claimant's past work history, age, education, and skills to determine:

1. Can the claimant return to one of the jobs contained within their past relevant work history?
2. Can the claimant transition to some form of other work?

Included in the process of determining this question (is the person capable of sustaining paid competitive employment?) are concepts such as unsuccessful work attempts, trial work months, expedited reinstatements, and extended periods of eligibility. All in all, the process is far more complicated and layered than most applicants for disability benefits could possibly imagine.

However, it all boils down this: becoming eligible for disability benefits (for those who are applying and for those who are currently receiving) has a lot do with measuring current work activity, past work activity, and the possibility of transitioning to other types of work.

Basically, the disability claim decision process means not just reading a claimant's medical record documentation, but attempting to measure their ability to engage in work activity, at a substantial and gainful level, either of the kind they've done before...or in types of work for which their vocational profile might suit them.

For this reason, as I've stated before, it's fairly important for a claimant to supply a detailed work history, complete with dates, job titles, and descriptions of work activities, along with a detailed history of medical treatment.

It may also benefit someone whose case will be appealed to review the prior decision that was made to determine if the first adjudicator (the disability examiner who handled the initial claim) did an accurate job of identifying the claimant's past work since this can have a definite impact on the decisional outcome of an SSD or SSI disability claim.

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

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After you file disability forms
How are Are Social Security And Social Security Disability different?
Doing the next disability appeal
Filing for disability with MS, multiple Sclerosis
Questions asked at a Social Security Disability or SSI hearing?
Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
Can you Receive Disability Benefits and have Assets, Investments, a Savings Account?
How many days do you have to file a disability appeal?
What are some Social Security Disability and SSI myths?
Preparation to win a disability hearing
How Does Social Security Decide If You Are Disabled
If I get disability will my children receive benefits?
Endometriosis and Filing for Disability
Social Security Disability SSI - Retroactive Benefits Vs Back Pay Benefits

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

My Social Security Disability SSI appeal status
Disability back pay, how it works
Eligibility criteria requirements for disability
Qualifying requirements for disability
Decision on disability case, are you eligible for a disability award
When is a Person Considered Disabled by Social Security?
Forms to appeal a Social Security Disability denial
Permanent disability benefits
How to qualify for disability with depression
If Social Security sends you to a psychiatrist
Disability denied twice
How to claim disability
How many times will Social Security deny you?
Applying for Disability with high blood pressure
Will my children get benefits if I get approved for disability?
How much time for a decision on a disability claim?
Can you work if you get an SSI disability check?
How to File for SSI
Filing for disability, how to apply for SSD, SSI
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
How to get disability
How to appeal a disability denial

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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