Overview of Disability

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Disability Requirements

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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

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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

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Will having a terminal illness guarantee an approval for Social Security Disability or SSI?

Does a terminal illness such as cancer with a prognosis of 5 years or less survival qualify a person for disability?

Any terminal illness has a good chance of qualifying someone for disability benefits and, in many instances, being expedite. However, the other part of this equation is that the individual filing for benefits must not be working and earning over the SGA monthly earning limit (to see the current monthly earnings limit for disability benefits under Social Security).

Oftentimes, individuals with terminal illnesses apply for disability but are denied because they are working and earning over the SGA earnings limit. Social Security disability is based upon functionality; basically, it does not matter what an individual's specific medical impairment is.

This is because the fundamental question that is entertained on every application for disability is whether or not the individual is able to engage in work activity that earns the person at least a substantial and gainful income, as determined by the Social Security Administration.

In order to be eligible and qualify for SSD or SSI, a person's condition must be so severe that it prevents them from working entirely, or prevent them from working at a level considered to be self-supporting by Social Security.

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

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What are the requirements and criteria for social security disability?
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Social Security Disability SSI and proving you can't work
How long to get a Social Security decision letter?
How to file for disability in New York
Social Security medical disability determination process

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

What is qualifying for disability based on?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What are the SSI disability qualifications for Adults and Children?
How Likely are You to Win Your Disability Case?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
Working while getting Disability - Is it Possible?
What is Social Security Back Pay?
What is the maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability?