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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

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.








Essential Questions

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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



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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?








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.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.