The Social Security Definition of Disability
Understanding how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines disability is the first step toward securing disability benefits. The ability to work is the key defining characteristic the SSA relies on when deciding whether to award disability benefits:
- You are no longer able to perform the type of work you did previously.
- You are unable to perform some other type of work due to your disability.
- Your disability has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least a year or to result in your death.
Can You Receive Partial Disability Or Temporary Disability Benefits From Social Security?
The simple answer to both of those questions is no. Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are designed to aid those with disabilities lasting at least 12 months or expect to be, or expect to result in death. Disability benefits through the SSA are also limited to those who are totally unable to work. Workers’ compensation, and short-term and long-term disability claims may secure other types of benefits that involve temporary or partial disability, but have a different definition of disability.
More Than 35 Years’ Experience Helping People Secure Social Security Disability Benefits
At Berk Law, attorney Todd M. Berk understands how the SSA looks at claims for disability benefits and the criteria it uses for analysis. His more than three decades of experience helping people secure Social Security Disability benefits have taught him what the SSA is looking for in a claim and how to present it in the most effective way. By getting to know you and what you are going through, he can build the strongest case for why the SSA should grant you disability benefits.
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