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Winning a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim

    The Social Security Administration uses a 5-step method to decide if you qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI.


(1)  Are you doing substantial and gainful work?

A person who earns more than $900 a month usually will not qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.


However, a person who keeps working even though the work makes his or her disability worse may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.


A person who works for only a short period of time may qualify for Social Security Disability.


(2)  Does your condition interfere with basic work-related activity?


(3)  Is your condition so severe that it meets or equals the list of medical conditions that Social Security maintains for the major body systems?  One way to win your case is If your condition meets or equals one of the listings.

This list of medical conditions contains technical medical requirements for severity.


An example is someone with asthma who takes medications and follows a doctor's instructions but still has at least 6 asthma attacks per year that are severe enough to require a trip to the emergency room or a physician.


There are separate adult listings and children's listings.


(4)  Are you physically and mentally able to do the easiest kind of work you did during the 15 years before the date you say you became disabled?  If Social Security decides you can return to this type of work, then most likely you will not be able to win your case.


(5)  If you cannot return to the type of work you did before, can you adjust to other kind of work?  If Social Security decides you cannot adjust to other work, then you will win your case.

Whether you can be expected to adjust to other work depends on your age, education, past work experience, transferable skills, and how much physical force you can do.


This way of getting Social Security Disability means that you qualify under the medical - vocational rules.  (This is sometimes called meeting the "grids" because a chart or grid is used to determine who qualifies for Social Security benefits under these rules.)


Persons under 45 years of age usually are expected to be able to adjust to other kinds of work.


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