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Definition of Temporary Disability

One of the most common questions asked by disability claimants is whether or not they can get temporary benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Unfortunately, the SSA does not offer any type of temporary disability benefits to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applicants. For a claimant to win SSDI or SSI benefits they must be able to prove their mental or physical health condition is expected to last at least 12 continuous months and does not allow them to perform substantial gainful activity.

How does a claimant support themselves if they have a short-term disability? The expectation is workers will have other types of income to sustain them through brief periods of unemployment. Workers may use their emergency savings, insurance offered through their employer or take out a small loan. If a claimant has a temporary condition and applies for SSDI or SSI the Social Security Administration will automatically deny their case without a medical review. An appeal can be filed within 60 days of the denial letter, but unless the claimant has medical evidence to support their case, it will be denied a second time. If a claimant is approved for disability, although disability is offered for permanent conditions, if the claimant's condition does improve the SSA also provides support for claimants to return to work.

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