Defining What A Disabling Condition Is

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD/SSDI), you must have a medically determinable condition that keeps you from working. The process of determining whether you are disabled under the federal guidelines is complicated. The government will deny your Social Security Disability claim if it you do not prove that you suffer from a medical condition that keeps you from working.

Protect your right to obtain Social Security benefits by contacting attorney Marjorie Drake for a free initial consultation. She helps people obtain the financial benefits that they need. Visit the Social Security information center to read more.

Qualifying For Disability Benefits

Like any program for government aid, to qualify for Social Security Disability you must meet a number of specific requirements. These requirements are subject to varying interpretations. Social Security Disability attorney Marjorie Drake will work hard to prove that your disability is covered.

The Social Security Administration uses an analysis, known as the sequential evaluation process, in order to determine whether you are disabled by the required standards. Under this process, there are five questions:

  1. Are you working? If you are working more than a minimal amount, as defined in the regulations, the Administration will not consider your application for benefits. If you are not, the evaluation proceeds to Step 2.
  2. Is your condition severe? Your medical condition must be serious enough to interfere with work activities. If it is not that severe, the process stops at this point and you are not entitled to benefits. If it is, the evaluation proceeds to Step 3.
  3. Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions? There are some medical conditions, described in the regulations, which can be so severe that they automatically qualify you for benefits. If your condition does meet this criteria, you are found disabled at this point in the evaluation. If your condition does not "meet or equal a listing", the evaluation process goes on to the next step.
  4. Can you do the work you did previously? The administration determines if your limitations keep you from doing any of the work you have done in the past 15 years. If you cannot, you are found disabled at this point. If you can, the process proceeds to the next and final step.
  5. Can you do any other type of work? At this stage, the Administration evaluates whether you can adjust or be retrained for work other than what you did in the past, considering your age, education and other factors.

Legal questions arise at each of these steps, and have resulted in varying legal interpretations. You need a lawyer experienced in this law to help present your best arguments.

Let Us Answer Your Disability Questions

To find out if your medical condition may qualify you for benefits under Social Security, contact Marjorie Drake for a free initial consultation by calling 860-513-2309. She assists injured people throughout Connecticut, including people in Hartford, New Haven, New Britain, Waterbury, and Middletown.