How Social Security Decides Whether You Are Disabled
Learn how Social Security determines whether you are eligible for disability benefits and see when your age and work history may and may not make a difference in the evaluation of your claim. Learn how mental illness, fibromyalgia, and low vision claims are decided.
Important Information for You to Submit for Your Claim
You are more likely to be successful with your Social Security claim if you know how the Social Security Administration evaluates for disability. With that knowledge, you will recognize the information you need to provide to support your claim.
If you have a very severe illness or injury listed in the Social Security’s Listings and you submit records to document your diagnosis and the severity of your condition, you may be approved at Step Four of the disability evaluation process. If you don’t meet the Listings, you have another opportunity to be approved for benefits. At that point, Step Five in the evaluation, information about your work history and education become very important.
Increase your chances of filing a successful claim. Click below to get a better understanding of what Social Security looks for when deciding whether or not you are disabled according to Social Security law.
- Social Security’s Five-Step Disability Assessment
See how you can be approved for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income Disability at two of the five steps in the disability evaluation process.
- Qualifying for Social Security or SSI Disability Based on the Listings
Some illnesses and injuries with high levels of severity can qualify you for benefits regardless of what your work history and education have been. Check out this article to see if your diagnosis and level of severity are in Social Security’s Listings.
- When Age Affects Qualifying for Social Security or SSI Disability Benefits
If you are an older worker, see at what point in the claim evaluation process your being older can be an advantage in getting approved for disability benefits.
- What Education and Work History Have to Do with Disability
See how your work experience and education are usually compared to your physical or mental limitations to decide whether you are eligible for disability benefits.
- When the Social Security Administration Asks You to See a Doctor
Learn why you may be asked to attend a consultative examination to document your claim and find out why you may be asked to attend aa psychiatric examination when you are claiming disability based on physical limitations.
- Who Decides Your Eligibility for Social Security or SSI Disability
Your doctors and sometimes a consulting physician or medical expert provide information for your claim, but they do not decide whether you are disabled and eligible for benefits. Find out who does.
- Getting Social Security Disability Based on Mental Illness
See how getting disability for a mental illness is the same process as getting approved based on a physical condition. Learn about the information that is needed from your mental health providers and how statements from non-medical individuals can strengthen your claim. Connect with helpful forms that can be used to capture the information.
- Disability Benefits for Alcohol and Drug Addicts
Disability caused by drug or alcohol addiction will not be approved for payment of disability benefits. Even so, sometimes people who are drug or alcohol dependent get Social Security or SSI disability benefits. Find out how.
- When Fibromyalgia is Disabling
Learn how to overcome the three challenges to getting Social Security or SSI disability benefits based on fibromyalgia.
- Chances of Quick Approval for Heart Patients
See how some cardiac patients get approved on initial applications, how some have to appeal to get approved, and how some are not disabled according to Social Security’s definition of disability.
- Why Many Initial Claims Are Denied
Upgrade your chances for approval on an initial claim by knowing the types of documentation you need to submit and the kinds of errors to avoid. If you have been asked to attend a consultative examination, see what is likely to be in the consulting physician’s report.
- Getting Social Security or SSI Disability for Low Vision
Learn the difference between low vision and statutory blindness. Find out how much work is allowed for a person with low vision to still be considered disabled as compared to someone who is blind or statutorily blind and working.
The 5 Step Disability Evaluation Under Social Security
Social Security Disability’s Listing of Impairments
How does the Social Security Administration apply Social Security Disability Laws to determine if I am disabled?
When applying for disability benefits will I have to see a Social Security doctor?
Who decides if I am disabled? If both my doctor and the Social Security disability doctors say I am unable to work, will I be approved?