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On Qualifying for disability in California
Here are a few points on how to qualify for Social Security Disability.
One: Eligibility for Social Security Disability in California begins with having worked enough quarters to insured for disability benefits. This is something that many, or most, claimants may not realize when they become sick or injured, but SSDI is a form of insurance. In fact, the acronym itelf stands for Social Security Disability insurance. How do you become insured and eligible to file a claim for disability benefits under SSDI? Through your work activity and by having earned enough work credits.
To learn more about SSDI and work credits, visit this page: Social Security Disability and work credits.
Two: If you don't have enough work credits to be eligible for Social Security Disability, you can still file for SSI disability, provided you don't have countable assets in excess of $2000 (because SSI is a need based program, it has an asset limit.)
An Application for disability that is filed under the SSI program is handled in exactly the same manner after the application has been transferred from the social security office, where it was taken by an SSA claims rep, to the state disability processing agency (usually called DDS, or disability determination services) where it is assigned to a disability examiner.
Once the case becomes part of a disability examiner's caseload, medical records will be gathered and evaluated and then considered along with other factors--such as one's age, education, job skills, past work history--to determine whether or not a claim will be approved or denied.
Three: The social security administration definition of disability stipulates that, for a claimant to be approved for disability, their condition must last for at least twelve months, be expected to last at least that long, or be so severe that it may possibly result in death.
Four: The social security administration's two disability programs, SSDI and SSI, do not utilize concepts such as short-term disability, temporary disability, or partial disability. In short, Social Security Disability and SSI are all or nothing programs. They do not award percentages of disability, and they do not award benefits for conditions that are temporary or short-term.
In other words, when an individual is awarded disability benefits, it is presumed that the condition may be lifelong (though the claimant will be subject to a periodic review of their disability case).
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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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