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How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

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What are Social Security Disability and SSI Concurrent Benefits?

There are cases in which a person's disability application will not be taken in just the social security disability or SSI disability program, but, actually, in both programs. When this happens, the claim is known as a concurrent claim.

Why are concurrent claims taken? Ordinarily, this is because a person might be eligible to receive social security disability benefits but would only receive a small benefit check, one that is less than what an SSI disability benefit recipient might receive if they received the full SSI benefit amount (for 2019, that full amount is $771 for an eligible individual).

Concurrent claims are to the advantage of the applicant because, if approved for disability, the applicant may then receive more in monthly benefits than they would otherwise.

A concurrent claim is processed no different than if the claim were just for social security disability or just for SSI disability. That is, the case will be reviewed by either a disability examiner or a disability judge (based on whether the claim is at the disability hearing stage, or at one of the lower levels, such as the disability application or reconsideration appeal level) to determine if the claimant has the ability to engage in work activity. For children, the determination will be whether or not the child is performing at the same level of his or her peers, i.e. is able to engage in age-appropriate activities.

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

Related pages:

Tips for Getting Disability Approved
Qualifying for disability benefits (SSD or SSI)
Will I get disability back pay?
Maximum disability benefit back pay
An on the record disability decision can speed up a case

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.

How to file for disability, SSD or SSI
How to file for Disability and what medical conditions qualify
How long will it take to get disability?
What if your disability gets denied?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How to get disability with a mental condition
How long for Social Security Disability Back pay
Social Security Disability SSI eligibility