It’s fairly obvious that Social Security Disability (SSD) is intended to benefit those with disabilities. But it’s not always straightforward to determine whether your condition meets the legal definition of a disability.
Certain life-altering conditions automatically qualify. However, many others fall into a gray area. It is up to you, the applicant, to establish that your condition rises to the level of a disability.
What distinguishes a temporary ailment from a disability? SSD laws and regulations paint a specific picture of what constitutes a qualifying disability.
Put simply, a qualifying disability must be severe enough to limit your skills, abilities and employment prospects. When considering your application, the Social Security Administration will carefully examine whether your medical condition sufficiently impairs your ability to work, whether it’s expected to last for at least 12 months and numerous other factors specific to your situation.
Disabilities can be purely physical or psychological. They can result from accidents (including work-related accidents), or they can arise as an unexpected diagnosis or steadily worsening condition. Depending on their severity, disabilities can include:
Demonstrating that you have a qualifying disability is just one of several hurdles you must overcome to successfully claim SSD benefits. At the Law Office of Morrin & Sands, we can capably handle all stages of the process so you can focus on your health and wellness. Whether you have already filed an application and been denied — or you are feeling too overwhelmed with paperwork to risk attempting an application on your own — we can help.
Our attorneys have more than three decades of experience handling virtually all aspects of SSD claims. We understand the medical issues and evidence involved in presenting a strong claim. You can rely on us for thorough, hands-on guidance.
Call our office in Westbury, New York, at 516-307-8000 to learn more about what disabilities qualify for SSD. Our lawyers offer free consultations and contingency fee representation.
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