SSA logo: link to Social Security Online homeChapter 5: Cash Disability Benefits and Related Disability Protection

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

500. What are the types of disability protection under Social Security?

ENTITLEMENT TO DISABILITY INSURANCE BENEFITS

501. Entitlement to Disabled Worker's Benefits
502. Waiting Period
503. Amount of Disabled Worker's Benefit
504. Reduction to Offset Workers' Compensation or Public Disability Benefits
505. When are your disabled worker's benefits NOT paid?
506. When do cash benefits for disabled workers' benefits end?
507. Definition of Disability for Disabled Worker's Benefits

PERIOD OF DISABILITY

508. What is a “period of disability?”
509. When may you establish a period of disability?
510. When does your period of disability begin?
511. When does your period of disability end?
512. How is “disability” defined for establishing a period of disability?
513. When can you receive widow(er)'s benefits based on disability?
514. When do disabled widow(er)'s benefits begin?
515. How is “disability” defined for determining entitlement for disabled widow(er)'s and surviving divorced spouse's benefits?

CHILDHOOD DISABILITY BENEFIT

516. What benefits may a child receive based on disability?
517. What is the definition of disability for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) children's disability benefits?
518. When is a child entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits based on disability?

TICKET TO WORK AND VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION, EMPLOYMENT, OR OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

519. The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program

TRIAL WORK PERIOD

520. Trial Work Period
521. When are you NOT eligible for a trial work period?
522. Beginning and Ending of Trial Work Period

BENEFICIARY'S OBLIGATION

523. What events must you report to the Social Security Administration?

THE APPEALS PROCESS

525. When and how can an appeal be filed?
526. How many appeal levels are there?
527. How to Read and Understand the Initial Determination
528. What to Do if You Are Found “Disabled”
529. What to do if You Are Found “Not Disabled”
530. Copying the Contents of the File
531. Filing a “Request for Reconsideration”
532. Submitting a “Request for Reconsideration”
533. What information should be in the Reconsideration Disability Report?
534. Filing the Reconsideration Request on Time
535. How to Submit a Late “Request for Reconsideration”
536. Communicating with DDS after Filing a “Request for Reconsideration”
537. How to Read, Understand, and Follow Up on the Reconsideration Determination
538. Filing the “Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge”