Before Social Security will consider your disabilities, they will determine if you are currently working. If you are earning more than $1,070.00 gross per month, generally you will not be considered disabled.
If you are not working or making less than $1,070.00 gross per month, Social Security will then review your medical condition to determine if it interferes with basic work-related activities. They will then begin contacting doctors you have treated with and gather your medical records. If it is found that you cannot do the work you previously did, Social Security will look at other jobs that you may be able to adjust to with your conditions. If Social Security finds that you are unable to perform your previous job or any other job because of your medical condition, you will be awarded benefits.
Social Security takes into account your medical condition, age, education, skills and past work experience. Going through the Social Security disability process can be complex. This is why it is important for you to contact a Social Security disability attorney to guide you through the process.
Source: Social Security Administration’s Disability Planner