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How Does Social Security Determine If You Are Disabled?

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: August 31, 2015
How Does Social Security Determine If You Are Disabled?

The Social Security Administration will analyze and review every claim that it receives to determine whether the person does qualify for benefits. The criteria include capacity to work, the severity of your condition, and the type of work that you perform. For instance, the Social Security Administration will determine whether you are working and earning an income. In 2015, if you are working and are earning more than $1,090 a month, you’re not eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

The Administration will also consider the severity of your condition, and whether it prevents you from performing work that can earn you an income. Merely suffering a disability is insufficient. You disability must interfere with your ability to perform work-related activities.

The Social Security Administration will also check if your condition is found in a list of disabling conditions. These conditions are typically extremely severe, and the agency will automatically assume that you are disabled if you suffer from these conditions.

However, just because your condition is not included in this list does not mean that you do not qualify for benefits. The agency will apply another test to your claim. It will determine whether your condition affects your ability to perform the work that you were performing before. If you are not able to perform the work that you were performing before, the agency will determine if you are able to perform any other kind of work.

To learn more about how the Social Security Administration will process your claim, speak to a Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer. For help filing a claim, schedule a consultation with a Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer.

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.