Temporary Disability Benefits and Social Security
If you apply for disability in Colorado or any other state, the presumption made by the Social Security Administration (assuming you are approved) will be that you are applying because you have a severe impairment. What does SSA mean by severe?
The Social Security definition of disability is specific about what is disabling and what is not. A disabling condition for the purposes of SSD (or SSDI, as the program is actually Social Security Disability Insurance) and SSI is one that is so severe that it actually removes a person's ability to work at a level at which they can still earn what Social Security considers a substantial and gainful income. And this level of severity must either have already lasted twelve months, or be projected to eventually last one full year.
So, in other words, neither Social Security Disability or SSI offer temporary disability benefits. If you are awarded Social Security Disability or SSI in Colorado or any state, the presumption will be that your condition may last several years, or will be a permanent disability.
Perhaps the closest thing Social Security has to "temporary benefits" is when a person goes to a hearing and is no longer disabled, but the judge finds that they were in fact disabled in the past during the time of their case. This can result in a disability award known as a closed period. This does not happen often, but when it does the person must still have met the requirements for disability and it can only be awarded by an administrative law judge.
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.
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