What Is Considered A Disability For Social Security?

Disability may seem obvious when looked at from a general human perspective. But when it comes to Social Security assessment, it takes a totally different meaning. Social Security relies on more than just medical reports to determine whether one is indeed disabled. It is not common for Social Security to deny an application by someone with medical reports proving their disability. It is important to understand how assessment is done in order to fully enjoy the benefits you deserve as a disabled person.

Questions Asked to Determine Whether You Are Disabled

The first question Social Security officials ask you is whether you are currently working. If you are working and make $1000 or more on average each month, you are automatically disqualified. If you are not working currently, they will ask you how severe your condition is. To be considered disabled, your condition must interfere with work-related duties. Social Security has a list of illnesses that severely affect bodily function. If your medical condition is among these, you are automatically tagged disabled. If it is not but medical tests show a diagnosis that is as severe as those on the list, you qualify for disability benefits.

What Social Security Considers During Assessment

Social Security combines medical reports, age, education, work experience and existing health problems to come to a conclusion. They will want to know whether you can still do the work you did in the past. If it is ascertained that you can do it to the same level as is nationally acceptable, you are considered ‘not disabled’. If on the other hand your condition affects your ability to speak, hear or see, focus on things, understand, remember and execute instructions; or makes you intolerant to some conditions such as noise, dust, humidity and temperature extremes; you are considered disabled.

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