Are you Disabled?

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, the Social Security Administration will grant you Social Security Disability benefits only if they determine that you are totally disabled. Unlike other federal disability programs, Social Security disability benefits are not paid for partial or short-term disabilities. The expectation of partial or short-term disabilities is that you will have additional support from insurance, investments, savings, family or workers' compensation to provide temporary support if you can not work.

To qualify for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income Insurance, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will review all of your medical evidence and determine if you have a mental or physical condition that meets the definition of disability of the Insurance Administration. Social. The Social Security Administration will decide if you are disabled based on your ability to perform "work". They define "work" as a substantially lucrative job that in 2009 is the ability of blind people to earn $ 1,640 per month (does not apply to SSI benefits for the blind) and for non-blind people to earn $ 980 per month. month. This amount is updated periodically.

If the Social Security Administration determines that you have met your legal definition of a disabled person, you will be granted SSDI or SSI benefits that will be paid to you on a monthly basis. If you do not meet your definition of a disabled person, you can appeal the Social Security Disability denial or you can file another Social Security Disability claim.

5 steps of determining disability

The Social Security Administration uses a five-step process to determine if you are disabled and can not work:

1. Do you currently have a job?

If you work for an amount greater than the SGA of 2009, the Social Security Administration will consider you as a substantial and non-disabled employee. You will automatically be denied Social Security disability benefits. If you are not working, proceed to step 2.

2. Is your mental or physical condition considered "serious"?

The Social Security Administration defines that severity interferes with basic work activities. The SSA will review your condition and decide if it is equal in severity to other conditions found in your Deficiency List. You should also expect your condition to last at least 12 continuous months or cause death. This is called minimum length length. Your condition can be serious, but if the SSA examiner determines after reviewing your medical evidence that your condition will not last as long, you will be denied Social Security disability benefits.

3. Is your condition on the List of Impediments?

The Social Security Administration maintains a list of medical conditions that they automatically consider disabled. If your condition is in the list, you will find it disabled. If your condition is not on the list, they will determine if it is equal to another condition on the list. Certain conditions will be met, whether it be a quick disability determination or a compassionate allocation determination to streamline benefits.

4. Can you do the work you were doing before?

If they do not find their mental or physical health condition on the list, and determine that it is not equal in severity, they will determine if it is serious enough to prevent them from doing their previous work. Otherwise, your application for Social Security Disability will be denied. If it is too severe to allow you to carry out your previous work, you will go to the next step.

5. Can you do another type of work?

If you can not do your previous job, could you be able to do other work? SSA will review your age, education, previous work experience, and other skill sets to determine if you can do any work that is in the national economy. If the Social Security Administration determines that you could do other work, your Social Security Disability claim will be denied. If you can not do any other work, you will be granted disability benefits.