Can I get Social Security Disability if I am Partially Disabled?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is not available to those with a temporary disability or partial disability.

To be approved for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), you must be totally disabled, according to SSA standards. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is not available to those with a temporary disability or partial disability.

Your disability must be severe enough that it prevents you from working at your most recent job, one of your past jobs, or at a suitable form of other work, as determined by your residual functional capacity, age, level of education, and transferable work skills. You can continue to work while receiving Social Security Disability, however, if you earn more than a certain amount, then you are said to be engaging in Substantial Gainful Activity and your benefits could be discontinued.

The Social Security Administration assumes that, although your condition was totally disabling per SSA standards at the time you were approved, your condition may not be permanently disabling. And this assumption is evident by the Social Security Administration’s Continuing Disability Reviews (CDR). These reviews are done occasionally by the SSA to re-evaluate if the person receiving disability benefits is still disabled.

If you are disabled and are unable to work, then don’t delay applying for Social Security Disability benefits. If you are unsure if you qualify or not, then you should talk with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney.