What is the Social Security definition of Disability, anyway?

Well, it is different from other programs. It is based upon your inability to work.

The Social Security definition of Disability is strict and, not surprisingly, a bit complicated. The law defines Disability as the inability to engage in any Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) because of a medically-determined physical or mental impairment

  • that is expected to result in death, or
  • that has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.

In layman’s terms, you must have a severe physical or mental condition that has lasted (or is expected to last) at least a year. Your condition must be so severe that you are unable to do any work that pays more than $1,130 a month. That amount is considered “Substantial Gainful Activity,” which is the Social Security Administration’s threshold for determining whether or not you can work.

If you make more than $1,130 a month in 2016 (or $1,820 if you are blind), Social Security will not find you disabled, regardless of your ailment or whether the work is part-time or sedentary.

As you can see, Social Security’s definition of Disability is somewhat complex, just like most aspects of the Disability process. If you are considering applying for Disability and are not sure if you will meet the legal Social Security definition of Disability, please contact SSDHelpNow.com today.

Our experienced staff and attorneys would be happy to evaluate your circumstances for free to determine eligibility. If it appears you may qualify, we can handle the entire Social Security Disability process for you, including gathering the necessary information and filling out and submitting a solid, comprehensive claim on your behalf. If you need to appeal a denied Disability claim, we are can handle that for you, as well. Call us today at 855-702-9061 or fill out the contact form this page.

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