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There are two types of Social Security Disability Criteria

There are two different types of Social Security Disability Criteria. The first involves your basic eligibility to file an application for SSD. To do this, you need simply to be insured for title 2 disability benefits, otherwise known as Social Security Disability. How do you become insured? Through the taxes paid into the social security system as a result of your work activity (most commonly through payroll deductions).

Are some individuals not insured for Social Security Disability? Yes, individuals who have not been in the work force for very long may not be insured. Also, individuals with large gaps in their work history (perhaps due to illness) may be in the position of having lost their insured status for Social Security Disability. What happens if you are not insured for Social Security Disability? In most cases, the social security office will simply take an SSI disability application on you (SSI disability covers individuals who are not eligible for SSD and who do not have assets in excess of two thousand dollars).

The second type of Social Security Disability criteria has to do with whether or not a disability claimant can satisfy the social security administration's definition of disability. And to do this a person must must have a physical impairment or a mental impairment (or both) that ---

A. Is considered severe.

B. Lasts for at least twelve months, or can be projected, based on a review of the medical evidence, to last that long.

c. Prevents the disability claimant from working at one of their past jobs or from performing suitable "other work" as determined by their age, education, work skills, and physical and/or mental limitations.

In essence, if a disability examiner or disability judge reads a claimant's medical records and decides that the claimant's condition meets the minimum 12 month durational requirement and further determines that the claimant is incapable of going back to a past job or doing some suitable form of "other work", then their claim for Social Security Disability or SSI disability will be approved.

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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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