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The SSA’s Definition of Disability

  • Published: June 24, 2013

The term “disability” is specifically defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA). An Ocala disability attorney can help you as a claimant understand the process and determine if you are, in fact, disabled by SSA standards.

An Ocala Disability Attorney Explains Disability

A claimant may feel he or she is disabled, and even experienced treating doctors may believe they know whether their patient is unable to work, but if a claimant does not meet the established SSA guidelines for disability, no benefits will be awarded to that claimant.

The Elements of Disability

As your Ocala disability attorney can tell you, disability is found only when a claimant:

  • Is found to have a medically determinable impairment,
  • And that impairment can be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months or can be expected to result in death,
  • Which prevents the claimant from performing any past relevant work, and
  • Which prevents any other substantial gainful activity
  • In consideration of that claimant’s age, education and prior work history.

An Ocala Disability Lawyer Discusses Other Specific Terms

It is important to note that many of the words used within the description of the elements have specific SSA meanings which are not necessarily the same as in plain English. For example, “impairment,” “past relevant work” and “substantial gainful activity” are terms that have their own meanings in regards to the SSA.

Call an Ocala Disability Attorney for Legal Assistance

A claim for disability is a complex matter. You need experience on your side. Contact an Ocala disability attorney at CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC for a consultation today: 352-304-5300.

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