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How does the SSA define "disability?"

Social Security has a very strict definition of “disability.” To be considered disabled in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you must meet the following criteria:

  • You cannot perform your previous occupation.
  • You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s).
  • Your medical condition(s) must last or be expected to last for at least one year and/or to result in death.

So how do you Know if you Have a "Disabling Condition?"

1. Not performing your previous occupation--if you can no longer go to work, or need to take so many breaks that you cannot perform your duties at work, your disability could be severe enough to qualify.

2. You cannot adjust to other work--if your skill set cannot be applied to a different, easier job, you could be approved for disability benefits.

3. Your medical condition is expected to last for at least one year--if your condition will improve quickly, you will not qualify for Social Security.

Getting Help With Your Claim

If you're not sure if your disabling condition is severe enough to qualify for Social Security, you can always discuss your claim with a Social Security attorney or advocate. An attorney or advocate can discuss your claim in-depth with you, and quickly determine whether or not you should pursue a Social Security disability claim. Attorneys are never paid unless you win, so there is no harm in speaking with one today. You can start the process by filling out a free evaluation form that will help you find someone to discuss your case in greater depth and, hopefully, represent you.