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

Do You Qualify For SSDI Benefits from SSA? (Social Security Disability Insurance)

If you are about to undertake the process of applying for Social Security Disability insurance (SSDI) there are a few things to know in advance about whether or not you qualify. There are certain requirements that must be met to be awarded disability benefits. Since the process is so in-depth and can be quite lengthy, it helps to know in advance if you can potentially qualify for disability before you begin the process. Being awarded benefits can take as little as 3 to 4 months, and can possibly take up to 6 months, a year or even longer than a year in some cases.

Here are some qualifying factors for SSDI that you should take into account before applying:

1) You must have a physical or mental medical condition that prevents you from working. This must be proved by medical documentation that outlines exactly how you are disabled and the limitations that apply. There are exceptions to this rule. If you have an ability to work, you must not make more than the allowable earnings limit (SGA) per month. If you make more than the monthly SSA job earnings limit, you will not be qualified for SSDI.

2) Your medical condition must be expected to result in death or it must have already lasted, or be expected to last, for over a year. If the condition will not result in death and cannot be expected to definitely last for at least a year, you will not be qualified for SSDI.

3) In addition to having a medical condition which prevents you from working and is expected to result in death or last for at least a year, you must have also paid social security payroll taxes. If you have not paid these taxes over a specific period of time, you may not be insured and may not qualify for SSDI.

4) While you may not be able to engage your previous work due to your disability, you also must not be able to engage in any work you have held over the last 15 years, or any other type of work that is available to you. When determining what type of work you may be able to do the Social Security administration takes your past experience, skill set, age and education level into account. If there is another type of work you are qualified for and can do regardless of your disability, you may not be qualified for SSDI.

5) One last thing to consider is whether or not your disability is listed in the SSA’s list of disabling impairments. If your disability is listed you may be automatically disabled. If you disability is not listed, do not give up hope; Social Security may decide that you disability is equal to an impairment on the list.

Essential Questions

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

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

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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