Being found disabled in accordance with the Social Security Administration’s very specific definition can be confusing and difficult. Whether you are applying for SSDI or SSI, the definition of disability remains the same. Below, your Social Security disability attorney outlines the important points from the definition provided in 42 U.S.C § 423(d).
In order to be found disabled, you must first meet certain requirements, the first of which is that you have a medically determinable impairment. This means that your mental or physical impairment must be supported by reliable and valid medical evidence. The impairment must have lasted or be expected to last a minimum of 12 months. You must not be able to do past relevant work or other work present in the current economy. Finally, your Lawrence Social Security disability lawyer will explain that SSA will assess your age, education, and work history to determine whether you will be found disabled.
If your impairment is a result of drug or alcohol addiction, you will not be considered disabled for the purposes of SSI or SSDI.
An attorney can be extremely helpful in applying for disability, as he is aware of the precise requirements and how to meet them. Whether you are just beginning the application process or have been denied are unsure how to move forward, Lawrence Social Security disability lawyer Gerard A. Palma can help. Call today at 888-295-4955.