Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify for Benefits

Who will qualify for disability - who qualifies?
Potentially anyone may qualify for disability benefits through one or both of the disability programs administered by the Social Security Administration...provided they can do the following...

What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Regardless of whether the condition is physical or mental, it must impose significant limitations on the individual's ability to engage in normal daily activities.

Medical Evidence Used on a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim
It's important to note here that, in the eyes of the SSA, not every medical treatment source is acceptable.

Social Security Disability And SSI Qualifications - What is the examiner looking for?
Disability examiners comb through thousands of medical records each year looking for two things: A) objective medical evidence of the severity of alleged impairments as well, as any other impairments not alleged in the disability claim and B) statements as to a disability applicant's functional ability or limitations.

What happens if the Social Security Disability examiner cannot find all the needed medical records?
If the disability examiner cannot find all the needed medical records for a Social Security Disability or SSI Case, what happens?

The Qualifications for Disability Benefits and the Types of Evidence Social Security Looks at
For an adult who is filing for disability, medical records will really constitute the bulk of the evidence.

What is qualifying for disability based on?
What do the medical records need to say? Ideally, for an adult individual to be approved, the medical records would simply make it extremely clear to the disability claim decision-maker that the claimant could no longer engage in substantial and gainful work activity.

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits
On this particular page, we will drill down to the core topic: How do you prove your disability case to the Social Security Administration? This is a fairly long page, but if you read it to the end, you will gain a strong understanding of how the disability process works and how cases can be successfully won.

How does Social Security determine if I am disabled or not?
The social security administration will determine a claimant's eligiblity to receive disability benefits in one of two ways (and both apply equally to the Social Security Disability or SSI disability program).

How Do You Qualify For Disability If You Don't Have Money To Go To the Doctor?
Social Security does not require an individual to have any medical records in order to file for, or qualify for disability. However, disability examiners need to have medical history treatment notes in order to make a decision.

How to qualify for disability - The Process of Qualifying for Benefits
To qualify for disability, both your medical history and work history must provide the right information.

Social Security Disability, SSI, and Residual Functional Capacity, RFC
Residual functional capacity is simply defined as the remaining functional capacity a person has in spite of possessing a physical or mental impairment.

What does social security mean by past work?
Past work potentially includes all the jobs that you might have done in the past fifteen years.

What does social security mean by other work?
Very many disability claims are denied on the basis of a claimant being able to perform some type of other work.

To qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI, how severe must a condition be?
Often, individual have multiple impairments that, taken by themselves, may not be severe enough to qualify for Social Security Disability. However, when taken together...

List of Impairments for Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits
The listings are the approval criteria for a number of physical and mental impairments.

Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
If an individual alleges that they are disabled due to depression, it would be helpful to have medical records from an acceptable mental health treatment source.

What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
To qualify for SSI disability or SSD disability on the basis of satisfying a listing can be fairly difficult.The social security administration has a second route for approvals which are called "medical vocational allowances".

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?
Those who have been approved on the basis of a mental illness should carefully consider their circumstances before they engage in work.

Will a heart attack qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI?
Are many cases filed on the basis of an MI (myocardial infarction, the medical term for heart attack) approved?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Psychological problems are those for which there may be an organic cause and for which psychological testing--such as IQ testing and memory scales--is often used to gauge the extent of the condition. Psychiatric conditions include those problems that most people with think of in unison with counseling and medication.

What are the SSI disability qualifications for Adults and Children?
The SSI disability qualifications are practically identical to the disability qualifications for the Social Security Disability program. That is, they are identical in a medical sense.

Permanent Disability Qualifications for SSD and SSI
Remember that for social security administration purposes, a claimant is allowed to work and earn income while either apply for disability or receiving disability. However, for such individuals, the qualifications criteria mandates that their condition must be severe enough that, although they can work, they cannot earn at least a substantial and gainful income

More on the following topics here: Social Security Disability SSI Qualifications, Part II

  • How many work quarters do you need to qualify for disability?
  • Qualifying for Disability - What is Social Security Looking for?
  • How does Social Security Disability get Information about your past work?
  • Can You Get Approved For Social Security Disability If You Do Not Take Medication Or Go To a Doctor?
  • How Can You Get Medical Records For A Disability Case If You Have No Insurance?
  • If You File For Social Security Disability How Far Back Will They Look At Your Medical Records?
  • Proving a Social Security Disability Case Often Means Getting a Statement from Your Doctor
  • What If You Did Not Work Long Enough To Qualify For Disability?
  • What does Social Security Disability Need to Know about your Work History and Jobs?
  • Qualifications for Social Security Disability and SSI

    About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.