How the U.S. Social Security Administration defines “disability”

Many residents of Kentucky have disabilities that are serious enough to prevent them from working, and if you are among them, you may have applied for benefits from the U.S. Social Security Administration in an effort to stay financially afloat. At the law firm of Debra L. Broz, Attorneys at Law, PLC, we recognize that many people who apply for Social Security disability benefits receive denials in response to their applications, and we have helped many clients facing similar circumstances pursue successful benefit appeals.

According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, there are two main terms you need to meet in order to potentially qualify for disability benefits. First, you need to have a certain work history within positions covered by Social Security. Second, your condition needs to meet the administration’s precise definition of the term “disability.”

So, how can you get a better idea of whether your condition might constitute a disability in the eyes of the administration? One of the first things the administration will likely consider when determining the severity of your disability is how long it will likely last. Typically, only conditions that last longer than a year, or conditions that will most likely lead to death, will meet this strict definition of “disability.”

You will also need to show that you are unable to perform your old job duties, and that you will not be able to reasonably work in some sort of different capacity, either, if you wish to be successful in your claim for disability benefits. If you received a denial in response to your Social Security disability benefits claim, know that this is not uncommon. You may, however, be able to plead your case further by filing an appeal. You can find more on this topic on our webpage.

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