to federal social security disability benefits is governed by laws
established by the United States Congress. Federal agencies and courts
evaluate your entitlement to the disability benefits. Federal social
security disability benefits are intended to pay cash benefits to
people who are unable to work for a year or more because of a disability.
the law provides that when a worker becomes disabled by having a
severe mental or physical impairment which prevents the worker from
any type of work and (a) has lasted for at least one year or (b)
is expected to last for at least one year or (c) is expected to
result in death, he or she may be eligible for social security disability
benefits. It is important to understand that Social Security is
based upon the inability to work. The system does not provide for
partial disability or for short-term disability. The disability
benefits continue as long as the disability continues.
...There are many factors
which will be considered in determining your entitlement to the
benefits. The severity of your physical or mental impairments, your
age, your education, and your past work may all be considered.
...Once your disability
benefits are awarded, you will receive a monthly benefit calculated
on your earnings while you were working. By contacting your local
social security office, you may obtain a Personal Earnings and Benefit
Estimate Statement which will give an estimate of your benefits.
Other benefits (such as workers' compensation, government pensions,
etc.) you have received will be considered in determining your monthly
...In addition to the
monetary benefit, you may be entitled to Medicare benefits as well.
The benefits will continue as long as you remain disabled. Your
disability may be occasionally reviewed to determine if you are
For answers to some of
your questions, please see our Common
Social Security Disability Questions page.