Q. How does the Social Security Administration define “disability”?

Q. What is the difference between Social Security disability and SSI?
Q. How do I begin the disability claim process?
Q. Do I have to have an attorney to represent me?
Q. How long does it take for SSA to decide whether I am disabled?
Q. Do I need to wait a certain period of time before filing my case if I believe I am disabled and no longer able to work?
Q. How do I know if I am eligible?
Q. What if I have never worked but am disabled? Can I still get benefits?
Q. Can I get disability benefits if I have a lot of assets?
Q. I don’t go to the doctor very often because I can’t afford it. Will that hurt my case?
Q. If I am disabled, would my child be eligible for benefits?
Q. How does a person’s age fit into the disability determination?
Q. My work history has been sporadic. Will I be eligible for Social Security disability benefits?
Q. What does “Substantial Gainful Activity” Mean?
Q. Can I Work After I Get Social Security Disability Benefits?
Q. I’m thinking of applying for Social Security disability benefits. What types of documents will I need?
Q. What can I expect to happen during my case:
Q. I’m a stay-at-home mom but now I’m disabled. Would I qualify for Social Security Disability?
Q. If I am presently collecting early retirement, can I collect differential disability benefits or SSI if I’m disabled?
Q. Do I have to be “permanently disabled” to get Social Security disability benefits or SSI?
Q. I’ve heard that there is a list of impairments that Social Security uses in determining whether a person is disabled. Where do I find that list?
Q. How will I know if my case has been won?
Q. How young can a person be to receive Social Security disability benefits?
Q. Why would SSA’s doctors disagree with a diagnosis made by another doctor?
Q. What can my doctor do to assist with my case?
Q. I’ve heard the term “Appeals Council” used. What does it do?
Q. What is the “Red Book” used by SSA?
Q. What do the terms “sedentary”, “light”, “medium”, and “heavy” mean when referring to work?
Q. What does the term DLI mean?
Q. Someone told me he is receiving Social Security disability, but he certainly does not look disabled. Wouldn’t a person have to appear to be disabled in order to receive benefits?
Q. The VA says I’m disabled, but Social Security denied my claim. Why would Social Security not consider me disabled if the VA does?
Q. Can a person with a 60% disability receive Social Security disability?
Q. I’ve heard that filing a new claim is better than trying to appeal a claim. Is this true?
Q. Are past due benefits paid out with every case that is won?
Q. I don’t understand the 5 month waiting period for disability cases?
Q. Can individuals in their 20's and 30's win a disability claim?
Q. Are children’s cases easier to win than an adult’s case?
Q. What does the term “on the record decision” mean?
Q. What is a dire need letter?
Q. What does RFC mean?
Q. What is the disability approval rate?
Q. Can I call to check on my claim?
Q. Can a disability case be closed because a claimant has failed to cooperate?
Q. What does “medication noncompliance” mean?
Q. What if I was self-employed? Am I still eligible for Social Security disability benefits?
Q. Can a person receive both Worker’s Compensation benefits and Social Security disability benefits?
Q. Will SSA pay attention to a letter from my doctor which says I am disabled?
Q. Will you help me fill out the forms?
Q. Do you help people who have received a letter from the Social Security Administration that says that their disability checks will stop?
Q. I’m unable to leave my house. Can you still help me?
Q. How long does each appeal level take?
Q. Who is it that decides whether or not I’m disabled?
Q. Can SSA require me to have a physical?
Q. If I have recently had a heart attack, do I have to take a stress test if SSA sends me to their doctor for an examination?
Q. How far back does SSA go in paying benefits if I am found to be disabled?
Q. Can I file for disability benefits if I’m 65 years old?
Q. How much do you charge to assist me with my disability case?
Q. What are the most common disabilities? Q. Do I have to be hospitalized before I can get disability benefits?
Q. Do I have to have had surgery before I can get disability benefits?
Q. Does SSA consider depression a disability?
Q. I’ve been told I have emphysema and that I probably only have a few months to live. Since the disability process is so long, is it too late to file?
Q. Will a person with cancer automatically qualify for disability benefits?
Q. If I am presently disabled from injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident, but am expected to improve, can I still file for disability benefits?
Q. My son has been diagnosed with ADHD. Can he get disability benefits?
Q. Is degenerative disc disease a disability?
Q. My doctor says I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Can I get disability benefits?
Q. I’ve seen advertisements about Mesothelioma. Can this disease be considered a disability?
Q. I have seizures. Will that be considered a disability?
Q. I did not realize there was more than one kind of arthritis. What are some of the arthritis types claimed in SSA cases?
Q. Is insomnia considered a disability?
Q. What is Ankylosing Spondylitis and is it considered a disability for Social Security disability purposes?
Q. A friend with Raynaud’s Syndrome was denied Social Security disability benefits. Is it not considered a disability?
Q. Is alcoholism considered a disability?
Q. Is drug addiction a disability?
Q. Can children with cerebral palsy receive disability benefits?
Q. How does SSA evaluate a claim of HIV?
Q. Are there separate guidelines for women and children with HIV?
Q. I know of a child who is receiving disability benefits from SSA and I do not believe he is disabled. How could this happen?
Q. My child is disabled. Will his case ever be reviewed?
Q. When are Social Security disability benefits paid?
Q. I have some major health issues and would like to apply for disability benefits. However, I have a wife who does not work and 2 children who will need to go to college. Are there any benefits available to them, and if so, would they continue to receive them if I died?
Q. I have applied for disability benefits. Someone told me I might be able to give some of my benefits to my granddaughter who lives with me. How does that work?
Q. I had polio as a child and believe some of my symptoms are returning. Would these symptoms be considered a disability by SSA?
Q. My ex-wife told me she was going to try to get part of my benefits if I win my Social Security disability case. Wouldn’t that affect how much I receive?
Q. My niece told me that her Social Security disability benefits were being “offset” by her Worker’s Compensation benefits. What does that mean?
Q. My husband received a noticed from SSA telling us that they had overpaid him. Do we have to return the money since it was SSA’s error?
Q. My exwife told me that I have no excuse for not paying child support because it can be taken from my Social Security disability benefits. Is that correct?
Q. I am receiving Social Security disability benefits, but my health is rapidly deteriorating. Can my monthly benefit amount be increased so that I can pay for my medicine?
Q. If I am awarded disability benefits, will I receive them until I die?
Q. My doctors have diagnosed me with emphysema, arthritis and have said I am bipolar. My employment has been off and on because I cannot deal with the pain. I’m not sure exactly when any of my diseases started, but I have heard that the Date Last Insured is important. How important is it?
Q. I’m between a rock and a hard place. In order to get disability benefits, a person’s disability must last 12 months. I’ve been told it may take 2 years for the Social Security Administration to decide whether or not I’m disabled. I don’t have a lot of money but I do have a lot of debts. Can I file for disability benefits and still work?
Q. We have a 44 year old son with severe arthritis who is, in our opinion, disabled. Can he draw disability under our Social Security?
Q. I filed for disability benefits and won. I have multiple impairments and thought I would win because of my severe arthritis, but I won because of my severe depression. Should I appeal this decision? I’m almost crippled because of the arthritis.
Q. My husband is basically blind in one eye. Can he get disability benefits?
Q. My son was in a bad car accident several years ago and has lived for several years with severe pain from the injuries although he has worked. He now has arthritis in his back and takes medication, which makes him groggy. That isn’t good at work, of course, but if he doesn’t take it, he can’t stand the pain. Can SSA understand how pain can keep a person from working?
Q. I have had severe asthma since childhood. Could I get disability benefits?
Q. I have been diagnosed with COPD which has caused me to really “slow down”. Other than that, I think I’m pretty healthy. However, my friends think I should apply for Social Security disability benefits. Could I get disability benefits because of COPD?
Q. My 50 year old husband suffers from severe depression. He has multiple impairments. He rarely leaves the house, and does none of the household chores. He has not worked in a year. His claim was denied but we appealed. Is there anything our family can do to help his case?
Q. Can sickle cell anemia be considered a disability?
Q. Is an insurance policy part of the Social Security disability benefits package?
Q. How are Social Security disability benefits calculated?
Q. If I move from one state to another, will I lose my disability benefits?
Q. Will I lose my Social Security disability benefits if I get married?
Q. I applied for disability benefits over a year ago and was turned down. If I want to apply again, will this hurt my case?
Q. What do I do if SSA tries to cut off my disability benefits?
Q. What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?
Q. I had a pension plan at my last job. Can I receive benefits from it as well as from Social Security disability?
Q. In your opinion, what is the biggest mistake a person could make when trying to get Social Security disability benefits?
Q. I have many health problems, but I cannot decide which one in particular it is that has caused me to stop working. Can a combination of health problems allow a person to win a disability case?
Q. What is a hearing before the Administrative Judge like?
Q. Can I appeal a case beyond the Appeals Council?
Q. With all the information available on the internet about Social Security disability, I do not understand why a person could not easily handle his own case. How hard could it be?
Q. Are there a lot of people who take advantage of the system and get disability benefits when they really are not disabled?
Q. Isn’t the Social Security Administration supposed to help me get disability benefits?
Q. Everyone knows attorneys are very expensive. If I can’t work, how am I supposed to be able to pay an attorney to help me get disability benefits?
Q. It would seem to me that if I am too sick to return to my previous employment that I would be entitled to disability benefits. Is this not correct?
Q. Rather than call long distance, can I call the 800 number to SSA to get an answer to any question I might have?
Q. I know of a child who is receiving disability benefits from SSA and I do not believe he is disabled. How could this happen?
Q. My child is disabled. Will his case ever be reviewed?
Q. When are Social Security disability benefits paid?
Q. I have some major health issues and would like to apply for disability benefits. However, I have a wife who does not work and 2 children who will need to go to college. Are there any benefits available to them, and if so, would they continue to receive them if I died?
Q. I have applied for disability benefits. Someone told me I might be able to give some of my benefits to my granddaughter who lives with me. How does that work?
Q. I had polio as a child and believe some of my symptoms are returning. Would these symptoms be considered a disability by SSA?
Q. My ex-wife told me she was going to try to get part of my benefits if I win my Social Security disability case. Wouldn’t that affect how much I receive?
Q. My niece told me that her Social Security disability benefits were being “offset” by her Worker’s Compensation benefits. What does that mean?
Q. My husband received a noticed from SSA telling us that they had overpaid him. Do we have to return the money since it was SSA’s error?
Q. My exwife told me that I have no excuse for not paying child support because it can be taken from my Social Security disability benefits. Is that correct?
Q. I am receiving Social Security disability benefits, but my health is rapidly deteriorating. Can my monthly benefit amount be increased so that I can pay for my medicine?
Q. If I am awarded disability benefits, will I receive them until I die?
Q. I got injured while I was working and started receiving worker’s comp benefits. I thought I would be able to return to work, but my injuries are worse than anticipated. Can I file for Social Security disability benefits now, or do I have to wait until my worker’s comp ends?
Q. Can a person receive Social Security disability benefits for leukemia?
Q. I have heard that it takes a long time to get Social Security disability benefits. Why can’t a person skip the middle or reconsideration level, since everyone get denied at that level anyway?
Q. I really would rather work than sit and home and draw Social Security disability benefits. If I get better, can I go back to work?
Q. I am disabled and receive SSI. My exwife says she is going to have my disability benefits seized for child support. Can she do this?
Q. Can anyone call SSA to verify that I have filed for Social Security disability benefits?
Q. I received some information from SSA with a “ticket” to work. What is the Ticket to Work program?
Q. We have a young man in our church who is mentally impaired and who is trying to get Social Security disability benefits. He does not seem to have anyone to help him in the way of a family member. I’m afraid he will not be able to handle his financial affairs when he gets all that money from Social Security. Can SSA appoint someone to help him with his money?
Q. Does SSA recognize a power of attorney for purposes of managing money for a Social Security disability recipient?
Q. What happens to my benefits if I have to go to jail?
Q. What can I expect when my Social Security disability benefits are up for review?
Q. My Social Security disability earnings are too high for SSI but too low for me to pay all my bills. Is there another source that might help me?
Q. I have a brother who is applying for citizenship in the United States and I believe he might be disabled. Would he be eligible for any type of Social Security disability benefits?
Q. My husband was receiving disability benefits when he died unexpectedly this month. I gave birth to our daughter this week. Would she qualify for any type of benefits from his record?
Q. My family has determined that my 23 year old sister is schizophrenic. What are the requirements for schizophrenia to be a disability?
Q. If I am collecting early retirement, could I also collect Social Security disability benefits or SSI?
Q. I was in a very serious accident this year that caused burns to 60 % of my body and need to file for Social Security disability benefits. How does SSA evaluate burns?
Q. I have been diagnosed with hidradenitis suppurativa. How can I meet the listing for this condition?
Q. My nephew was born with Down Syndrome. Would he meet SSA’s listings as a baby?
Q. My son is autistic. Can an autistic disorder be a disability?
Q. What is SSA’s definition of “disability” for a child? Q. What medical sources does SSA consider acceptable for Social Security disability purposes?
Q. Our grandson is 8 years old but he looks like he is much younger because he is so small. Is there any disability pertaining to a child’s lack of growth?
Q. My husband has had numerous ear infections, among other impairments, and now he cannot hear a normal conversation. His doctor says a hearing aid would not help. Can loss of hearing be considered a disability?
Q. What does SSA consider “loss of speech”?
Q. I am presently getting worker’s compensation but am also applying for Social Security disability benefits. Will SSA consider my medical records from my worker’s comp doctors?
Q. A friend told me that he had contacted his state representative to speed his case along. Would that really do any good?