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Partially Disabled Does Not Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on December 30, 2019 | In Social Security Disability

Partially Disabled Does Not Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

If a person is partially disabled, are they eligible to collect Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits? 

No. You must be totally disabled in order to receive SSDI payments. The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines those who earn more than a certain monthly amount to be engaged in what it calls “substantially gainful activity.” For 2020, those monthly amounts are $2,110 for those who are blind and $1,260 for the non-blind.

Other disability benefits programs may offer payments to those who are partially disabled – in other words, individuals who have a lasting impairment but are able to return to modified work. These include the Workers’ Compensation and Veteran’s Administration disability benefits.

But your disability must be total in order to qualify for SSDI benefits.

How the Social Security Administration Test for Total Disability

This is the process that the SSA uses to determine if you are 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.

A Partial Benefit Is Not the Same as Being Partially Disabled

SSDI benefits are not available to someone who is partially disabled.

However, based on the individual’s scenario, someone with a disability may receive a partial SSDI benefit. In this case, “partial” refers to the payment amount you will receive and not the degree of disability.

A partial benefit means that your SSDI payments are reduced by:

· Workers’ Compensation benefits

· State temporary disability benefits

· State or local government benefits based on disability

· Civil service disability benefits

There are other disability benefits that will not affect your SSDI payments. These include private disability benefits such as pension or insurance plans. Also, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Veterans Administration benefits will not affect SSDI payments.

You can learn more about how other payments will affect your SSDI benefits in this Security Administration publication.

We Can Help You Gain the Social Security Disability Benefits that You Deserve

If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately. Call our Los Angeles County office at 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home. The Kenton Koszdin Law OfficeSocial Security attorney in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family. 

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