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Important Social Security Disability Terminology to Know

Determining your eligibility for Social Security Disability can feel like an overwhelming process. While bills are piling up and you are unable to work, Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, can provide financial relief to those who are eligible. While reading up on the process, you are bound to run into terminology that you are unfamiliar with. If you need assistance with applying for Social Security Disability benefits, or your benefits have been wrongfully denied, it’s time to contact an Orlando Social Security disability attorney.

Here’s a look at some of the essential terminology to know regarding Social Security Disability claims.

Cessation of Disability Benefits

Cessation of disability benefits means that the Social Security Administration has determined you are no longer eligible to receive benefits. The cessation date is the date your benefits will be terminated.

Electronic Worksheet (EWS)

When you apply for SSDI benefits as a disabled adult worker, you will need to complete an electronic worksheet, which may be called a Medical and Job Worksheet. You can either download a version from the SSA website or use the electronic worksheet directly online.

Impairment Related Work Expenses

Purchasing special equipment, taking training courses, or anything else directly related to your ability to perform your job with some impairment might qualify under Impairment Related Work Expenses.

Maximum Sustained Work Capability

The term maximum sustained work capability is what type of work you can perform. There are four categories — sedentary, light work, medium work, and heavy work. You will be asked to complete a Residual Functional Capacity form, known as the RFC, so the SSA understands your capabilities.


If you are approved for benefits, your case will be categorized as MIE, MIP, or MINE. MIE stands for Medical Improvement Expected, MIP stands for Medical Improvement Possible, and MINE is Medical Improvement Not Expected. This category lets the SSA know how quickly they should continue to review your eligibility. The range of time can vary. For example, with MIE classification, you might be reviewed every six to 18 months, whereas MINE might be reviewed every seven years.

Substantial Gainful Activity

When looking at eligibility criteria, the SSA looks at whether you can perform substantial gainful activity. That includes work that involves productive and significant duties. It is work that pays you more than the monthly income limit as determined by the SSA. If you are deemed to be performing substantial gainful activity, you will not be eligible for benefits.

Unearned Income

Unearned income refers to any monetary income that is not received due to employment or a self-employed business you have. Examples of unearned income can include pensions, veteran’s benefits, unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, etc.

Contact an Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney

Are you trying to apply for Social Security Disability benefits in Orlando? If so, don’t attempt to tackle the process alone. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the confusing process and help improve your chances of approval. If you need assistance with a first-time application or in appealing a denial of benefits, contact the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A. today to schedule an initial consultation.


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