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Disability as Defined by the SSA

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

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8/12/2010
Frank J. Dito, Jr.
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When you are thinking about filing a Social Security disability benefits claim you first need to know what the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a disability. If your condition does not meet their requirements due to lack of evidence your claim may be denied.

To be considered disabled as an adult the following conditions are necessary: 

  • a physical or mental injury or illness (or a combination);
  • the impairment must prevent you from working; and
  • the impairment has lasted or is expected to last for at least 1 year or result in death

To be considered disabled as a child the following conditions are necessary:  

  • a physical or mental injury or illness (or a combination);
  • the impairment must cause severe functional limitations;
  • the impairment has lasted or is expected to last for at least 1 year or result in death; and
  • the child is not working at a job that is considered substantial work. 

When filing a Social Security disability benefits claim you will need to provide evidence of your or your child's disability. This evidence must include  medical documentation that supports the condition you are claiming. A simple listing of the symptoms or a note from your doctor will not count as sufficient medical evidence. Therefore, clinical evidence from laboratory tests or analysis is necessary.
 



Category: Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits


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