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Can I Receive Social Security Disability If I Am Partially Disabled?

By Kenton Koszdin on May 2, 2018 | In Social Security Disability

Can I Receive Social Security Disability If I Am Partially Disabled?

You may wonder if someone who is partially disabled can collect Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits. That is not the case.

There are some benefit programs – for example, Workers’ Compensation or disability payments offered through the Veteran’s Administration – that offer disability benefits to individuals who are partially disabled. A partially disabled person may be someone with a lasting impairment but who is capable of returning to modified work.

However, to qualify for SSDI benefits, the worker’s disability must be total. An individual who is able to work at a “substantial level” (generally defined as earnings of at least $1,180 per month or $1,970 for the blind) will not qualify for SSDI benefits.

Social Security Administration Test for Total Disability

Here are the steps that the Social Security Administration takes in order to determine if an individual is totally disabled:

  1. Are you working? If no, then:
  2. Is your medical condition “severe” as defined by the applicable state agency? Or, to put it another way, does it limit your basic work activities for at least one year? If yes, then:
  3. Are you able to perform your job: If no, then:
  4. Can you do other work for which your medical condition, work experience, skills, and education qualify you? If no, then you may be found eligible for SSDI benefits.

Partial Disability vs. Partial Benefit

As mentioned above, SSDI does not pay benefits to an individual who is partially disabled.

However, in certain cases, a person with a disability may receive a “partial benefit.” A partial benefit does not refer to your degree of disability, but rather to the amount of payments you receive.

SSDI benefits can be reduced by:

  • Workers’ Compensation payments
  • Civil service disability benefits
  • State temporary disability benefits
  • State or local government benefits based on disability

Disability payments from private sources such as insurance benefits or pensions will not affect your SSDI benefits. Also, any benefits from the Veterans Administration or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will not affect any SSDI payments.

Read more about how other payments affect your SSDI benefits in this Social Security Administration publication.

Let Us Know If You Have Been Injured on the Job

If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, get help from an attorney experienced in these types of cases. Call for your initial free consultation at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office at 800.438.7734,  either in our office or in the comfort of your own home. Kenton Koszdin, social security attorney serving Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.

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