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I am turning 63 in February. I have been on temporary

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I am turning 63...

I am turning 63 in February. I have been on temporary disability since February 28th 2016. I was injured at work and lost my job last October. I'm I able to start getting SS at this age?

Accountant's Assistant: These retirement benefits are supposed to help us but they can be so complicated! The Retirement Expert will help you get the most benefits propertly. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.

I'm not sure how long I will be receiving temporary benefits. I have been through physical therapy many times in the last year and 9 months. It's hard to just do daily housework. I'm just wondering if it's possible to start drawing SS when my doctor releases me, just not sure when that will be.

Accountant's Assistant: Is there anything else the Retirement Accountant should be aware of?

Not that I know of.

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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 7 months ago
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There is no partial or temporary disability for social security disability purposes.

The law defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.

If you are not sure whether your condition satisfies this definition - you may consult with your physician.

Otherwise - you may file the application and apply for disability benefits.

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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 7 months ago

Most disability claims are initially processed through a network of local Social Security field offices and State agencies (usually called Disability Determination Services, or DDSs).

SSA’s regulations provide a procedure known as the "sequential evaluation process" for disability evaluation. For adults, this is a five-step process that requires sequential review of:

  1. the claimant's current work activity (if any),
  2. the severity of his or her impairment(s),
  3. a determination of whether his or her impairment(s) meets or medically equals a listing (see Part III of this guide),
  4. the claimant's ability to perform his or her past relevant work, and
  5. his or her ability to do other work based on age, education, and work experience.

Let me know if you need any help.

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