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If you meet the requirements of a listed impairment, your case will be approved unless you fail to meet certain non-medical qualifications


If the person filing for disability meets the listing, can the judge still deny benefits?

Whether or not someone meets all the criteria of an impairment listing requires objective medical evidence to support all the criteria of the listing. ALJ's (administrative law judges make decisions at Social Security hearings) are fairly autonomous, however if a client meets all criteria of a listing I would find it hard to believe an ALJ would deny benefits.

Having said this, there is the chance of denial in this situation, meaning if the client does not meet all non-medical criteria for the disability program they are filing for. Non-medical criteria typically relates to income and assets (SSA refers to this as resources), though assets only come under consideration on disability claims that involve the SSI disability program.

Because SSI is a need-based poverty program, based on disability status, having more than $2,000 in countable assets for an individual, or more than $3000 in countable assets for an individual and a non-eligible spouse can render the claimant ineligible without regard to their medical condition.

When it comes to either SSD or SSI claims (SSD claims are not subject to the limit on assets/resources), there have been cases of individuals satisfying the criteria for a listed impairment but being denied because they were working and making more than the allowable limit specified under the substantial gainful activity guidelines.

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  • SSDRC Homepage:

    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center

    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    The SSDRC Disability Blog

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    Getting disability in North Carolina

    Related pages:

    What is SGA (Substantial Gainful Activity) and how does it affect Social Security Disability and SSI Eligibility?
    What Are the Social Security Disability Requirements For Personal Assets?
    What are the Assets that count for SSI Disability?
    What is the Social Security Disability List of Impairments?
    List of Impairments for Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits
    Social Security Disability, SSI Decisions What Is the Rate of Approval?
    How Long Does It Take To Get The Results Of A Disability Hearing?

    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

    Social Security Disability SSI Requirements, Criteria, Eligibility
    How to file for disability, How to apply for SSD or SSI benefits
    Who will qualify for disability? - What qualifying is based on
    Social Security Disability - Permanent Disability
    How to Claim Disability Benefits through Social Security
    How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply for?
    What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
    Social Security Disability Status on a pending claim
    Working and Disability - Are You Allowed to Work While Receiving Social Security Disability or SSI?
    What is the difference between Social Security disability and SSI?
    Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it