The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of “disability” is very strict. In essence, the SSA requires that you suffer from a medical condition that prevents you from being able to perform at your current or previous job and prevents you from performing other work. Further, the disability must be expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
There is no limited set of conditions that qualify for Social Security disability benefits. In the end, any disease or disability that prevents you from pursuing gainful employment should qualify. However, you must demonstrate, through medical documentation, the full impact of your disabling condition to Social Security or you will be denied.
The most important factor is your inability to work, but it must be backed up with medical documentation. If you face multiple smaller problems or chronic pain, you can demonstrate to Social Security how they work together to create one disabling condition and results in your inability to return to any job.
For each of the major body systems, social security maintains a list of medical conditions that are so severe they automatically qualify you for disability. If your condition is not on the list,social security has to decide if it is of equal severity to a medical condition that is on the list.
If you have been denied your social security disability benefits, let us help you get the benefits you deserve. Free, no obligation evaluation. Fill out the form to the left and we will contact you regarding your claim. Lisa Douglas is a licensed Registered Nurse and Arkansas licensed attorney. Let her put her medical experience and knowledge to work for you.