How does the Social Security Act define disability?
The Social Security Act (SSA) stipulates that an individual who cannot engage in “substantial gainful activity” resulting from a physical or mental problem that has been “medically determinable” and which will likely result in either death or impairment for a duration of a year or more will technically be considered “disabled and eligible for benefits.”
Is partial disability covered?
Can I still collect Medicare?
If you get approved to collect Social Security Disability benefits (other than Supplemental Security Income), you can get Medicare benefits after you’ve collected SSD benefits for 2 years.
I’m on sick leave from my job. Can I file now for Social Security Disability? Or do I have to wait until I have exhausted that resource?
You can file now. Do so quickly to make sure there is no gap in your benefits coverage.
How long do I have to wait before filing for Social Security Disability benefits?
You don’t need to wait. You can file the very day you get hurt. If you suffer a serious physical illness and think that you may be unable to work for a year or longer, file at once to make sure that you get appropriate coverage.
How will the system determine whether I am disabled enough to get benefits?
Social Security will take a look at all of your health problems by going through your medical records with a fine-toothed comb. They will look at your work experience, education, and age, and evaluate whether you may be able to do other kinds of work while you are disabled.
How will my benefits be determined? How much will I receive?
The answer depends on a variety of factors, including how money you’ve earned to date and how long you’ve worked. If you have no other sources of income, you will be entitled to a base amount of Supplementary Security Income. If you have additional income streams, that SSI amount will be reduced incrementally depending on nature and size of that income stream.
I got injured at work, and I qualified for workers’ comp benefits. Am I allowed to collect Social Security Disability benefits on top of the workers’ comp money?
Yes. Again, it’s important to file your Social Security Disability claim quickly to prevent a gap between when your workers’ comp coverage ends and your SSD benefits kick in.
What should I do if my benefits have been wrongfully denied?
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