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According To Social Security, What Is A “Disability”?

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: March 20, 2015

Many think of a “disabling condition” as a condition that prevents a person from lifting a certain amount of weight or being able to stand in the same spot for a length of time. However, many disabled persons retain their basic physical strength. They simply are not able to use it for a duration of eight hours a day or even make it to a job five days a week. Others deal with episodic illnesses; they might be fully functional for a few days or weeks at a time, but they also suffer frequent flare-ups and relapses that can completely debilitate them for days. Some disabled persons can hold down some part-time jobs but would never be able to work a forty-hour week. If you fall into any of these categories in southern California, discuss your case and your rights with an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer. You may qualify to receive monthly Social Security disability benefit payments.

If your initial application for benefits is denied – and most initial applications are – you may appeal the denial, and your case may be heard by an Administrative Law Judge or “ALJ.” An ALJ seeks to determine if an applicant’s impairments are disabling under Social Security’s rules and definitions. You must be able to show that you have a severe medical impairment that prevents you from working. You’ll need the appropriate test results, imaging, and medical records to prove the diagnoses and symptoms that define your disability. If your doctor agrees that you are disabled, it greatly enhances the likelihood of winning your disability appeal.

An experienced disability attorney can direct you step-by-step through the application procedure and will work hard to win the disability benefits that are rightfully yours. If you are disabled in the Los Angeles area and you cannot work, do yourself a favor and speak to a good Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer as soon as possible.

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.