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What physicians and claimants should know about Social Security Disability



 
Practically every person who files for disability benefits understands that their medical records will be used to determine whether or not they are approved. And every physician who becomes aware of a patient's disability application knows, or should know, that the information they furnish to the social security administration may play a large role in deciding the outcome of their patient's claim. However, beyond this, the vast majority of claimants and physicians know relatively little about the approval criteria used by SSA for disability claims.

So,how does one qualify for disability benefits from the social security administration and what must a claimant's records demonstrate in order for this to occur?

For both title II (Social Security Disability) and title 16 (SSI disability) benefits, a claimant must satisfy the following requirements:



1. They must have a severe condition (though SSA has little difficulty differentiating a severe impairment from a non-severe impairment, the process is, still, largely subjective).

2. For the condition to be considered disabling, it must have a duration of at least one year and, in that time, it must limit an individual's ability to work and earn at least a substantial and gainful income while in the performance of past work or suitable other work (as determined by one's age, education, work skills, and rated residual functional capacity).








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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

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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.

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.