Definition of Social Security Disability

by DISABILITY PROFESSIONALS on September 26, 2012

If you think you may qualify for disability benefits, you need to know what the Federal Social Security law defines as a disability.  According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), to receive a disability benefit, you must prove the following:

  • That you cannot do any substantial work because of your medical condition
  • This condition or conditions has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 1 year, or to result in your death

The SSA assesses your overall ability to work by using a specific set of regulations and listings describing certain conditions or diseases.  These include:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Growth impairments
  • Vision disorders
  • Balance and hearing disorders
  • Speech disorders
  • Breathing disorders
  • Heart and blood vessel diseases
  • Digestive system diseases
  • Kidney diseases
  • Blood and lymphatic diseases
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Mental disorders

Medical Evidence and Social Security Injuries

Your disability claim must be backed up by sufficient medical evidence to show the extent of your injuries in order to qualify for disability benefits.  The SSA will ask for some or all of the following information:

  • Your medical assistance number, if applicable
  • The contact information for the doctor/HMO/therapist that treated the illnesses, injuries, or conditions, or the information for the individual you expect to treat you in the future
  • A list of hospitals, clinics, or emergency rooms you visited
  • A list of medications and medical tests you have had

If the evidence is not available or insufficient to make a determination, the agency may request that you be examined by their own doctor or other healthcare professional.

Getting Legal Help

If you or a loved one needs to pursue a disability claim or wishes to discuss claim eligibility, give Disability Professionals a call at 855-201-9569 or email DisabilityProfessionals to set up your appointment today.



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