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 the SSI disability requirements?

To be considered for SSI disability, a person must not have total assets in excess of $2000 for an individual and $3000 for a couple. However, this is for SSI only. SSD, or Social Security Disability (also known as SSDI, or Social Security Disability Insurance) has no asset resource limitation whatsoever.

For all disability claims considered by the Social Security Administration, a claimant must have a condition that is 1. Severe, 2. Lasts one full year (you do not have to wait a full year before applying for disability since a disability examiner can review the medical evidence and make a projection as to whether your condition will last that long), and 3. Prevent you from working and earning what is considered to be a substantial and gainful income. This is basically the definition of disability used by Social Security.

The requirements for receiving SSI disability in Colorado or any other state are the same as for SSD, or Social Security Disability. After filing for SSI disability, your medical records will be reviewed to determine if you have a medical condition that meets a listing in the Social Security list of conditions. If you satisfy the criteria of a listed impairment, which can be difficult, you may be approved for disability.

However, most approved claimants are approved on the basis of not one but several conditions, which are often a combination of physical and mental impairments. This is why it is highly to one's advantage to list all known medical conditions on the application.

For the majority of claimants, a decision will be made based on whatever functional limitations a person is thought to possess as revealed by their medical records. If you are found to be unable to return to your past work and are also thought to be unable to do some type of other work (which is based on a consideration of vocational factors such as age, education, and job skills), you may be approved for disability.

It is often the case that in addition to gathering your medical records, SSA may also send you to one or more medical exams to gather recent medical documentation. These are known as CE, or consultative exam, appointments.

Essential Questions

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Individual Questions and Answers

  • Applying for disability benefits in Colorado

  • How long can it take to get disability benefits in Colorado?

  • How much SSI will I get in Colorado?

  • How long does it take to get disability in Colorado?

  • How much does disability pay in Colorado?

  • What Conditions Qualify for Disability in Colorado?

  • Disability Requirements in Colorado

  • Requirements for SSI Disability in Colorado

  • Will I Qualify for Disability in Colorado?

  • Can you work and apply for disability in Colorado?

  • What is the minimum you can get on disability in Colorado?

  • Colorado Disability Back Pay

  • Can I get temporary disability in Colorado?

  • How difficult is it to get disability benefits in Colorado?

  • Hiring a Disability Lawyer in Colorado

  • Filing for disability by state of residence

  • Disability Lawyers by state

  • Should I get a lawyer for my disability case?

  • 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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