The Social Security Administration’s Definition of Disability

If you cannot continue working due to a disabling physical or mental condition, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if you meet the technical requirements and the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability.

The Social Security Administration provides benefits to individuals who are unable to work due to a disabling physical or mental condition and are in need of income. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides monthly benefits to disabled individuals who meet low-income requirements. The Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSD or SSDI) pays monthly benefits to disabled individuals who have worked and paid into the program. Once you meet the technical requirements for either benefit, you must then meet The Social Security Administration’s definition of disability.

Although your doctors may have deemed you disabled that does not mean the government has. The Social Security Administration has a strict definition of disability. Your medical history, age, education and work history are all contributing factors taken into account when determining eligibility for Social Security disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration defines disability as the “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.” This means that you cannot do the work you did before, you cannot adjust to new work and your condition is expected to last a minimum of one year or to result in death.

At Berger and Green, we use our extensive experience to represent people at all stages of the Social Security Disability process. If you have questions about your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits, please call. Whether you need to file an application, an appeal or need representation at a hearing, we offer knowledgeable and effective guidance.