Definition of Disability
Do You Have a Disability?
It may be clear to you that you have a disability. Unfortunately, in order to be eligible for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, your condition has to meet the Social Security administration's definition of a disability. This is a surprisingly complex matter, but a matter that is crucial to a successful disability claim.
At Bleakley Law Offices, our attorneys have years of experience that we can put to work for you. We know how to gather the information necessary to prove to the Social Security administration that your disability meets their definition. We are dedicated to making your disability claim a successful one so you can get the benefits you deserve.
How Social Security Decides if Your Disability Meets Their Definition
Step 1: Are you working? If you are able to work and obtain a significant income, the Social Security administration will not consider you disabled. There is an exception in the case that your condition will result in death.
Step 2: Is your condition severe? Your condition must limit your ability to work in some way. Perhaps it prevents you from bending or lifting. Perhaps it prevents you from concentrating and completing tasks. Perhaps it simply prevents you from being at work for the 40 hours a week that most jobs require.
Step 3: Is your condition on their list? The Social Security administration has a list of conditions that automatically qualify for benefits. If you have one of these conditions, your disability claim is likely to be successful without even having to consider the next two steps.
Step 4: Can you do a job you did before? If you can still make money doing a job that you have done at some point over the course of the last 15 years, the Social Security administration will not consider you disabled.
Step 5: Is there any other job you can do? The Social Security administration will look at your condition, your age, your education and your work experience. They will try to find some other work for you in the current economy. If they succeed, they will not consider you disabled.
We will use our experience serving people in Muskegon and throughout Michigan to help you get the benefits you need. Call us now, toll free, at 1-877-544-3733 or send us an e-mail to schedule a free consultation.