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A person is considered disabled if he has a physical and/or emotional condition that renders him unable to perform substantial gainful activity, considering his age, education and past work history. The condition must have been or be expected to last one year (or to result in death.)
A disability is any medical condition that prevents you from working at a regular full-time job for at least 12 months.
You should apply for Social Security Disability benefits as soon as you and your doctors agree that your disability is going to last a full year. You are not eligible for benefits if your condition doesn’t last a full year; so many people have to wait for a while to see what happens with their medical condition. Others, who have been struggling to work in spite of their disability and know the condition is not going away, should apply as soon as they stop working.
Disability is defined as the inability to do one’s previous job or any other substantial gainful activity due to a severe physical or mental impairment, as determined by a doctor. Such impairment must last or be expected to last for at least 12 months or to end in death.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses an evaluation system for determining whether a worker is disabled. The major questions to be answered, in order, are the following:
The burden to prove disability is on the claimant from steps one through four, but the burden shifts to the government at step five.
A person can manage the initial claim and reconsideration levels; however, once a person is at the administrative hearing level, it is imperative that they have an attorney.
We handle Social Security Disability cases on a contingency-fee basis. We do not get paid a legal fee unless you win.
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