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Disability Law Offices of Tony Adderley

How Social Security Decides If You Are Disabled In La

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: October 2, 2015

If you are going to, or already have filed for Social Security disability you should know what the eligibility requirements are for a favorable decision. First, you need to make sure that you have worked enough to qualify for disability benefits. If you do not have enough work hours in you will not be eligible.

Your condition must be enough that you are unable to conduct any basic work-related activities to be considered. If not, you are not considered to be disabled. Social security has a list of medical conditions that are so severe they automatically mean that you are disabled. A few of these include acute leukemia, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and pancreatic cancer.

If your condition is not on the list then Social Security will have to make a decision to decide if it is of equal severity to a medical condition that is on the list. If your condition is severe but not as severe as a medical condition on the list, Social Security has to determine if your condition interferes with your ability to do the work you did previously. If it does not, your claim will be denied.

Social Security will then examine your past work history, any schooling you had, and skills you learned on the job. They will use this information to see if you can do any of your past work. Being disabled means that you cannot do work you have done in the past and are unable to adjust to other work. They will also look at your age, education, training, and work experience to see if you can do other kinds of work.

These factors make the process of applying for Social Security Disability very long and drawn out. Almost everyone is denied at the initial level. It is in your best interest to hire an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer to guide you through the process.

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.