How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

What are Social Security Disability Requirements in Colorado?

The requirements for disability in any state descend from the definition of disability used by the Social Security Administration. That definition states that a person must have a medically determinable impairment (mental or physical) that is severe enough to last at least one year and prevent a person from working and receiving earnings at a level that SSA considers substantial and gainful (To see the income limit for earnings that you must be under in order to receive disability, view SGA earnings limit).

When you apply for disability in Colorado or elsewhere, a disability examiner will receive your application and order your medical records. They will look for evidence of diagnosed conditions, but they will also look for evidence of physical and mental limitations. This is to determine if you can return to your past work. If you cannot do this, they will determine if you are able to do some form of other work. If you cannot do your past work, or other work based on your education, skills, age, and residual functional capacity, you will have met the requirements for disability.

Most individuals who receive a disability award will do so on the basis of several conditions that they list on their application. However, in some cases, a person will be approved for disability based on a single condition in the Social Security list of medical impairments, or conditions.

In either situation, if your case is at the hearing level, you should consider representation in order to present the strongest argument that meet the requirements for disability, either that you have a listed impairment, or that you are unable to do past or other work.

Non-medical criteria

Most people who are considering filing a disability application in Colorado (or any state as both SSDI and SSI are federal) are aware that Social Security Disability programs require a medical determination. However, they may be unaware that both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability have non-medical requirements as well.

In Colorado or any other state for that matter, you must be insured for Social Security Disability to be eligible for benefits. Your insured status is gained through the work you performed prior to becoming disabled. Your payroll taxes are very much like insurance premiums. If you stop working, you are usually insured for disability for about five years.

If you are filing for SSI disability, you are filing for a need based disability program. You will have to meet income and resource limits to be eligible for disability benefits. You will have periodic reviews to determine if you are still meeting these requirements.

Both SSD and SSI have non-medical requirements with regard to work activity and eligibility. If you file or become entitled to SSD or SSI, you should make sure you are aware of the non-medical requirements that could affect your eligibility.

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Individual Questions and Answers

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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.

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