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Can you File for Disability for more than one Condition?

Social Security Disability and SSI claims are seldom based on just a single condition. Usually, a claim will involve multiple conditions listed at the time of filing a disability application. Likewise, claims are often not limited to just physical or mental impairments, but both types of impairments (for instance, degenerative disc disease and anxiety, or fibromyalgia and depression).

Can you successfully file for disability for more than one condition, or for both a mental and physical condition? Yes, and, typically, listing multiple conditions can help a claim. This is because disability claims that are filed with the social security administration are not based on simply having a specific condition, or a type of condition, but, rather, on the limitations that result from one or more conditions.

To explain what we mean by this, we should make reference to the disability evaluation process. After a disability claim is taken at a local social security office, it is transferred to a state disability agency where it will be assigned to a disability examiner.

The examiner's first job is to request the applicant's medical records and, after they have been received, to evaluate them for the purpose of determining how the applicant's condition (or conditions) affects their ability to function and engage in normal activities of daily living.

The disability examiner, toward this end, basically reads the applicant's medical records looking for evidence of specific limitations. Such limitations may involve how long the applicant can sit, stand, walk, stoop, crouch, reach, grasp, hear, see, etc. Other limitations may involve the individual's ability (or inability) to recall information, or learn new information, or get along with supervisors and co-workers in a work setting.

The limitations held by an applicant for disability benefits will be reflected on something known as a residual functional capacity form. This form is completed by the disability examiner and also by a doctor who works at the same agency (disability determination services).

How important is this form? Very, since the rating that is given by the disability examiner on the RFC form will be compared to the jobs that were previously done by the applicant (past work) and also compared to jobs that the applicant might be considered having a chance of doing (other work).

Very often, the more conditions that are listed on the disability application, the more likely it will be that the applicant will be more functionally restricted (assuming, of course, that a history of treatment for these conditions can be found in the medical records that have been gathered).

And greater functional limitations will ordinarily result in a case in which it is more likely for the applicant to be A) found incapable of returning to their past work, and B) found incapable of being able to perform some type of other work in the national economy.

For this very reason, individuals who file for disability should make every effort to list everything that is wrong with them, and to include a detailed listing of their medical treatment providers. When it comes to filing a claim for disability with the social security administration, more (more information, more sources of treatment, more diagnosed conditions, etc) is simply better.

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

Related pages:

What is considered a Disabling medical condition by Social Security?
Can you File for Disability for more than one Condition?
How Disabling Does A Condition Have To Be For Social Security Disability, SSDI Benefits?
Receiving Benefits - Your Medical Condition and Social Security Disability or SSI
What Conditions Qualify For Social Security Disability?
Receiving disability for a mental condition in North Carolina
What condition or conditions qualifies for disability in North Carolina?
Social Security Disability Approvals - Medical Conditions and Getting Approved
If I get approved for disability on the second application
How many hours can you work if you are receiving social security disability?
Decisions on disability applications, fully and partially favorable
How do you get Social Security Disability?

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

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
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?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria