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How the U.S. Social Security Administration defines “disability”

Many Mississippi residents who apply for Social Security disability benefits receive denials in response to their initial claims, and if you are among them, you may be wondering what you can do to boost your chances of a successful appeal. At the Davis-Morris Law Firm, we understand that many who apply for disability benefits fail to get approval, and in some cases, this is due to their conditions not meeting the administration’s strict definition of “disability.”

According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, you will need to do two main things in order to potentially qualify for Social Security disability benefits. First, you will need to have a certain work history in a job covered by Social Security. Second, you need to make sure your condition fits the administration’s definition of disability, and part of this involves proving that your disability is a “total” disability, as opposed to a partial or short-term one.

So, how might the administration decide whether you are, in fact, disabled, according to its definition of the term? For starters, the administration will need to determine that you are unable to perform the work you previously did, and it will also need to determine that there are not alternative tasks available to you, given your current condition.

The administration will also consider just how long your disability will likely last in deciding whether to extend you disability benefits. If your disability is one that has lasted at least a year, or if it is one that will ultimately likely lead to your death, you may be able to secure disability benefits approval. You can find more about Social Security disability benefits on our webpage.

 

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