When it comes to receiving Social Security disability benefits, it can be hard to determine if you even qualify for benefits and what those requirements are. 

In this post, we will go over how the social security questions asked by the Society Security Administration to help define disability. We hope this helps determine if you will qualify for benefits before you start the tedious application process. 

At the Law Offices of B. Adam Sagan in Broward County, we have a disability attorney who is committed to helping individuals with the entire Social Security disability process. If you still have social security questions, don’t hesitate to contact our law offices! Attorney B. Adam Sagan also offers a free consultation with no risk and no commitment. Schedule an appointment today!

Definition of Disability 

In order to receive Social Security disability benefits, an individual must go through an application and be approved for those benefits. 

But before you take the time to fill out the application, you want to make sure you qualify for those benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has developed a set of criteria that must be met in order to qualify as a disabled person. 

There are a series of questions the SSA has posed to define disability. 

Are you working? 

If you are currently paid and your monthly earnings are more than $1,220 per month, this is a pretty good indicator that you won’t qualify for Social Security disability. 

Is your condition severe?

By “severe,” the SSA wanted to know if your condition makes it so you cannot do any work. This can include: 

  • Walking
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Remembering information 
  • Severe Pain

These limitations must last, or be expected to last,  for at least 12 months or more to qualify as a disability. If it doesn’t fit within these basic requirements, you don’t have a qualifying disability under Social Security Administration regulations.. 

Can you do the work you previously did? 

This is another important aspect that helps the SSA determine if you qualify as disabled for Social Security disability benefits. 

During this step, the SSA  determines if your condition would allow you to continue completing your previous work. If you cannot, then you may have a qualifying disability. 

Can you do another type of work? 

In this step, the SSA  determines if there is another type of work that you can do with your condition. While you might not be able to perform your previous work, they want to guarantee that there is not another job you could perform. 

This step looks at that individual’s education, previous work experience, age, and the transferable skills you can bring to a new job. 

If the SSA determines that there is not another type of work that you can do, then your disability may qualify for benefits. 

What Next? 

The formal application process must be completed, either in person at your local Social Security office or online at ssa.gov. It’s is very common for those applications to be denied the first time, but the appeal process is where Social Security disability benefits can be awarded in court. 

Law Offices of B. Adam Sagan 

While the SSA definition of disability relies on a combination of factors, it’s important to understand that each individual and their particular situation is different. Watch our blog for more information on the application process and how our disability attorney can help! 

When you’re ready, schedule a free consultation at the Law Offices of B. Adam Sagan in Broward County and let our attorney help you with any social security questions you may have.