Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

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

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Partial Disability and Social Security Disability SSI

Just one sentence will suffice on the subject of partial disability benefits from the social security administration: they don't exist. I've probably been asked this question a few dozen times over the last few years. And it's really a reasonable question. After all, the military rates individuals on percentages of disability. However, with social security disability and SSI, it doesn't work that way.

In the SSA system, an individual is either disabled or not disabled, and, thus, will be approved or denied. The federal system is also different from other systems in that there is no temporary disability (i.e. no distinction between long and short disability status), although administrative law judges will sometimes award closed periods (benefits awarded for definable periods of disability in situations where claimants do not qualify for ongoing SSD or SSI benefits).

This page, Does Social Security offer Partial Disability Benefits? answers the following questions: 1: When does SSA consider a person fully disabled?; and 2: How does social security measure a person's ability or inability to work?

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

Related pages:

How long to get a Social Security decision letter?
How to file for disability in New York
Qualifying for disability and the sets of criteria
Why does Social Security deny so many disability cases?
SSI for an autistic child
Appealed my disability denial, what should I expect?
Can you receive your SSI disability payment before you get an approval letter?
What do you have to do to get disability?
How long does it take to get SSI Disability Benefits?
When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
Can I get Retroactive SSI Disability Benefits?
Social Security medical disability determination process
How to file for disability in Florida
Stroke and filing for disability
Social Security Disability, Do Not Take Medication Or Go To Doctor

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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How and why to check Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability back pay
Non medical requirements for disability
Qualifying for disability, SSD SSI
When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
Who qualifies for SSI?
Forms to complete when filing, applying for disability
How long does SSDI and SSI disability take to get?
Filing for disability with Depression
Can You Get Approved For SSI or SSD Benefits with a Mental Condition
How long for a disability judge to make a decision?
While you are in your disability interview
The SSD and SSI definition of disability
Filing for disability with carpal tunnel syndrome
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Can you work if you get a disability check?
Disability application denied
File for disability, the application
How to get disability benefits
Conditions that get approved for disability
How to Appeal a disability claim denial from Social Security