How Do You Apply for Partial Disability?


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As of 2015, partially disabled individuals are not eligible to receive Social Security benefits, according to the official Social Security website. The program expects partially disabled or short-term disabled individuals to supplement income through alternative means, including workers' compensation, savings, investments and insurance.

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Individuals must be totally disabled to receive benefits, as of 2015, according to the official Social Security website. The program defines a disabled person as someone who is unable to perform the work she did before permanently, someone who cannot work elsewhere due to the same reason or someone with a disability that is terminal or expected to extend past one year.

As of 2014, individuals who wish to receive disability benefits from the Social Security program cannot make an average monthly income that exceeds $1,070, as stated by the Social Security program. The program has compiled a list of medical conditions that it has deemed to be qualifying disabilities automatically. If the individual's disability is not on the list and she cannot return to work to perform the same duties as before, the program evaluates her age, education background, acquired skills and more to determine if she can find a suitable alternative way to work elsewhere.

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