Qualify for SSDI

Forgive this lawyer like answer….It depends.   The Office of Quality Review (OQR) conducts Quality Reviews by pulling random disability determinations to ensure the record supports the determination and the evidence and the determination conform to SSA operating policies and procedures.  OQR is tasked with helping ensure that disability decisionmakers out in the field are doing […]
Is SSDI Quality Review Good or Bad?

Is SSDI Quality Review Good or Bad?

Forgive this lawyer like answer….It depends.   The Office of Quality Review (OQR) conducts Quality Reviews by pulling random disability determinations to ensure the record supports the determination and the evidence and the determination conform to SSA operating...

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Chances of Winning Disability Benefits

Chances of Winning Disability Benefits

The ultimate outcome of an initial application for either SSDI or SSI benefits has varied over time.  Award Rate Declining Steadily Unfortunately, the trend is not in our favor as the award rate has seen a steady decline from 2010-2018 having gone from 37.6% of all...

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Disability Questionnaire

Disability Questionnaire

Below are a list of questions to help determine if you qualify for SSD Benefits. SSD Questionnaire Are you Unable to Work Full-Time? The first question a disability decisionmaker needs to answer is whether or not a claimant is working. This, of course, makes sense....

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SSA Grid Rules: How Education Level Affects SSDI

SSA Grid Rules: How Education Level Affects SSDI

In order to be found ‘disabled’ under the Social Security Disability
program, you need to be unable to perform any work. Congress has
recognized, however, that as an individual ages, it becomes more difficult
for them to learn new skills and, and as a result, learn different types of
work. SSA has accounted for this fact in it’s rules and regulations by
implementing a set of rules commonly referred to as the grid rules.

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SSA Grid Rules: Age as a Factor

SSA Grid Rules: Age as a Factor

Will I Be Found ‘Disabled’ Based On My Age? “Age”, in the world of Social Security Disability, is defined as one’s chronological age, but one attains a particular age the day before his or her birthday. Age becomes a factor in the determination of disability at step 5...

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SSA Grid Rules: Light

SSA Grid Rules: Light

If an individual is age 50 or older and capable of performing work at no
greater than the light level, a decisionmaker would need to consult to the
following table to determine whether or not that individual should be found
disabled.

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Medium Grid Rules

Medium Grid Rules

If an individual is age 50 or older and capable of performing work at no
greater than the medium level, a decisionmaker would need to consult the
following table to determine whether or not that individual should be found
disabled. They all require limited education and unskilled or no prior work
experience. Although the grids start at age 50, the first favorable grid at
the medium level starts at age 55.

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Heavy Grid Rules

Heavy Grid Rules

Although not really a set of rules, the final category to consider are
those individuals capable of performing work at the heavy or very heavy
level.

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Sedentary Grid Rules

Sedentary Grid Rules

If an individual is age 50 or older and capable of performing work at no
greater than the sedentary level, a decisionmaker would need to consult the
following table to determine whether or not that individual should be found
disabled.

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Understanding SSA Grid Rules for Ages 50-55

Understanding SSA Grid Rules for Ages 50-55

The grid rules start coming into play the day you turn 50 years of age.
These rules make it easier for a 50-year-old to be found disabled than it
is for a 49-year-old. The grid rules permit many people age 50 or above who
are capable of sedentary work to be found disabled whereas that same
person, age 49, would not be found disabled.

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Understanding SSA Grid Rules Under Age 50

Understanding SSA Grid Rules Under Age 50

Will the SSA Grid Rules Help Me Get My Social Security Disability Benefits? The grids generally do not help claimant’s with SSDI under age 50 but there are some exceptions. The grid rules really do not come into play until you turn 50; however, there are...

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Understanding SSA Grid Rules – Age 60 and Above

Understanding SSA Grid Rules – Age 60 and Above

Will the SSA Grid Rules Help Me Get My Social Security Disability Benefits? Once you hit the age of 60, it becomes easier to be found disabled pursuant to the rules and regulations of Social Security Disability law. The reason it is easier is due to a thing...

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Avoid Losing SSD Benefits in Continuing Disability Review

Avoid Losing SSD Benefits in Continuing Disability Review

After you receive Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security
Administration (“SSA”) will set your case for a Continuing Disability
Review (“Review”). These reviews are scheduled for all beneficiaries on a
regular basis to ensure that they still qualify for ongoing disability
benefits.

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Do I Satisfy the SSA’s Definition of Disability?

Do I Satisfy the SSA’s Definition of Disability?

Unlike other types of disability, there is no partial disability under
either SSD or SSI. You are either 100% disabled or not disabled at all. The
SSA uses a three-prong test in its definition of disability. In order to be
found disabled, it must be determined that as a result of your conditions;

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

In order to qualify for SSD benefits, you must satisfy both a non-medical and a medical test.

In order to satisfy the non-medical test, you need to have worked in a covered job long enough to accumulate enough work credits.

The second test, the medical test, requires you to have a condition(s) that satisfies the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) definition of disability and has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 consecutive months.

Generally speaking, this program will provide you with a monthly benefit in the event that you become unable to work.

What are my chances of winning a disability claim?

The response is always, “It depends.” The table linked here shows the average chance of winning a disability claim at each level of the process.

What are my chances of winning a disability appeal?

There are two types of disability appeals: Appeals Council Repeal and Federal Appeal

Appeals Council Repeal
Claimants are awarded approximately 1% of the time at this level.

An additional 9% of claimants have their case remanded (sent back) to the original ALJ who made the hearing level denial. These remands may be for further development on a particular issue or to correct a procedural error made in the hearing level decision. Generally speaking, judges do not like to have another judge tell them that they made a mistake. Hearing level ALJs will often just re-deny appeals council remands. As a result, having your claim remanded is not always the best result. The goal at this level is often to get denied, which allows a claimant to appeal in federal court.

Federal Appeal

At this level, you are suing the Social Security Administration in Federal Court.  The odds of winning at this level are approximately 2%, which is hardly better than at the Appeals Council.  Federal judges; however, remand (send back) approximately half of these claims for a further evaluation of issues that were improperly considered at the prior hearing.

Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability?

Browse our SSDI resource library to find clear answers and determine if you qualify for up to $3,148/month in SSD benefits.