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Always list every one of your medical conditions, physical or mental, when you file for disability

Tip 5:

Disability cases are almost never won on the basis of one single condition. They are usually won on the basis of several conditions which most people usually have when they apply for disability.

Are you required to have several conditions in order to win disability benefits? No; however the way you win disability benefits is to establish as many physical or mental limitations as possible so that, under the Social Security administration definition of disability, it can be shown that A) you do not have the capability to either go back to work you did in the past and B) you do not have the ability to perform some type of other work.

Other work is work that you might ordinarily be able to switch to based on your age, your work skills, your education, and your current level of residual functional capacity (residual functional capacity is what you can still do mentally and physically even with your overall condition).

The more physical or mental limitations you have, the more likely it will be that it can be proven that you no longer have the ability to engage in work activity. And, of course, the more physical or mental impairments that are listed on the disability application, the easier it will be to show a wider range of physical or mental limitations.

It is for this very reason that individuals who file for disability are advised to list every single one of their conditions at the time of their application. Leaving just one of your conditions off your disability application could make the difference between winning or losing a claim. This could be the case even for a condition that you have, but that you do not think actually makes you disabled.

For example, it is often the case that an individual is approved for disability, but not for the condition that they thought would actually get them awarded disability benefits, such as filing for arthritis but actually being awarded for a mood disorder.

And, of course, in many cases it is not simply one medical condition that will result in a case being awarded for benefits, but, rather, the limitations that result from two or more conditions, for example degenerative disc disease, arthritis, and depression.

Terms discussed:

  • What does the social security administration definition of disability actually say?
  • Social Security Disability, SSI, Mental Disorders, and Functional Limitations
  • Will Social Security Decide That I can go Back to My Old Job?
  • What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?

    Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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    Tips to Prepare for Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI
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    Social Security Disability Advice from the Wrong Sources
    Can the Social Security Office give you Bad Advice on a Disability Claim?
    Financial Help When You Are Filing For Disability

    Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

    Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

    These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

    How to file for Disability and what medical conditions qualify
    How long will it take to get disability?
    What if your disability gets denied?
    How to get disability with a mental condition
    How long for Social Security Disability Back pay
    Social Security Disability SSI eligibility