Criteria and Requirements for Receiving Disability Benefits

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The non-medical Disability Requirements for SSD and SSI
The non-medical requirements for SSD and SSI generally have to do with income in the sense that a claimant cannot have earned income in excess of a limit known as SGA.

For Social Security Disability and SSI, What Does It Mean When A person Can Only Do Sedentary Work?
The older an individual is, the better the chance they can be approved for disability if they are limited to a full range of sedentary work.

The Social Security Disability Approval Process and the Criteria for Decisions
What follows is a short description of the disability approval process, which will hopefully help claimants or even potential claimants understand the process by which Social Security Disability claims are approved.

Will the Medical Rules for Receiving Disability Grant Benefits for Short Term Social Security or SSI?
The actual defintition of disability used by SSA makes clear that a person's state of disability must be severe enough that it lasts for one full year.

Does Social Security offer Partial Disability Benefits?
How does social security measure a person's ability or inability to work?

Can I Get Disability If I Was Paid Under the Table?
Earnings reported to the IRS create an individual's Social Security earnings record.

Inability to Work and Eligibility for Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits
Inability to work is a phrase that comes up frequently on this website simply because this is one of the main tenets of the definition of disability used by SSA

Social Security Disability, SSI and Being Over the Age of Fifty
Does age play a role in the outcome of Social Security Disability and SSI disability claims? Not by necessity, but age often does. Here are just a few ways.

Does Your Last Job Determine If You Receive A Social Security or SSI Award?
Social Security considers any relevant job performed in the last fifteen years.

Disability Criteria - Eligibility For Social Security and SSI Disability
Although all medical decisions are based upon the medical criteria set forth in the disability impairment listings, some disability applicants will be approved for disability even if they do not meet or equal the impairment listings.

How Old Do You Have To Be For Social Security Disability - Is There An Age Requirement?
If an individual is within six months of full retirement age, there is no advantage to filing for disability. At this age, they are already entitled to Medicare benefits and the five-month disability waiting period prevents an advantage over full retirement benefits.

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?
Although the vast majority of Social Security Disability beneficiaries become ineligible for SSI, some individuals remain eligible for SSI disability even though they are entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.

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.