Social Security Administration’s Definition of Disability
Our St. Petersburg Social Security Disability Lawyers Can Help Prove Your Case
Established in 1986, Mike Murburg, P.A. exclusively handles disability claims for clients throughout Florida and across the country. By focusing solely on social security disability law, our firm provides effective and efficient assistance to help recover your disability benefits.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) imposes strict criteria on who qualifies for the Social Security disability program. You must have worked in a qualifying job for the requisite number of years and within the allotted time frame. Also, your medical condition must meet the SSA’s definition of a disability. Our lawyers evaluate your medical condition to determine whether you qualify for benefits. We then gather and organize the evidence you need to prove your disability. Our goal is to recover your maximum compensation and as quickly as possible.
What is a Disability?
The SSA defines disability in its rules. The definition may differ from that of your doctor, another government program or your insurance company.
You must meet the following elements of the definition to qualify for benefits:
- You can no longer perform your previous job
- Your medical condition prevents you from performing other types of jobs
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death
Determining the Severity of a Medical Condition
When reviewing your application, the SSA considers the answers to a series of questions to determine if you are disabled. These questions include:
- Are you currently working at a job that earns you less than the minimum statutory monthly wages?
- Does your medical condition interfere with your job-related duties, rendering you unable to work?
- Is your medical condition included on the SSA’s List of Impairments?
- If your medical condition does not appear on the List of Impairments, does it interfere with your ability to perform the job you did before?
- Are you able to engage in other gainful employment, when the severity of your medical condition, age, education, employment history and job skills are taken into account?
Social Security Listing of Impairments
The Listing of Impairments includes medical conditions so severe that gainful employment is not possible for an adult who suffers from the medical condition. The applicant must only demonstrate that the medical condition is expected to last continuously for at least 12 months or to result in death to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
The list is divided into two parts: adult listings (Part A) and childhood listings (Part B). Part A and B are each further categorized into major body systems. Each body system category lists descriptions of various severe injuries and illnesses that the SSA presumes are disabilities.
One of our first steps is to determine whether your medical condition qualifies as a disability under the Social Security rules. Next, we develop a plan of action for proving your case.
Obtain an Experienced Evaluation of Your Claim
Mike Murburg, P.A. offers a free assessment of your case and we do not charge attorneys’ fees and costs unless we secure compensation on your behalf. Call our lawyers at (727) 565-4750 or contact our firm online to schedule an appointment.