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Impact of partial disability on SSDI eligibility in New York

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2024 | Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) |

Living with a partial disability can be challenging. Understanding how this affects your eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is essential. Knowing the criteria and what steps to take can make navigating the process smoother.

SSDI eligibility basics

To qualify for SSDI, you need a condition that meets the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of disability. This means your disability must be severe enough to prevent you from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA). The condition must last or is expected to last at least 12 months.

Evaluating your condition

The SSA uses a comprehensive guide known as the Blue Book to evaluate medical conditions. The Blue Book lists impairments that qualify for SSDI. If your condition isn’t there, the SSA will determine if your impairment is equivalent to one that is. They’ll review your medical records, doctors’ assessments, and other relevant information to establish your eligibility.

Medical evidence requirements

Strong medical evidence is crucial in proving your disability. This includes detailed records from your healthcare providers about your condition, treatments, and how it limits your daily activities. The SSA looks for consistent, objective medical evidence that demonstrates the severity and duration of your disability.

Potential for reconsideration

If the SSA initially denies your application, you have the right to appeal. Many applications get a denial at first but get approved upon reconsideration or a hearing. It’s important to follow the appeals process carefully and provide any additional evidence needed to support your claim.

Wrapping up the SSDI process

Navigating SSDI eligibility with a partial disability can be complex. Understanding the specific requirements and ensuring your documentation is thorough can improve your chances of approval.