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Do I qualify for Social Security benefits if I’m disabled?

A: In order to qualify for benefits, you must be “disabled” according to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of disability. The SSA uses a very specific definition of disability in assessing whether an individual is entitled to receive social security benefits. It is important to discuss the case with a qualified social security disability lawyer who will review the facts and offer advice on how to proceed. The following answer is for information only.

There are two types of social security benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance and Social Security Income. An individual’s past work history and current financial situation will determine which type of benefit they might be able to receive.

For purposes of social security benefits, a person is disabled if they’re unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity due to a medical condition that will result in death or has or will last for at least 12 months. In all cases, the SSA determines whether someone is disabled by applying a 5 step sequential analysis which looks at the following types of factors:

  • substantial gainful activity,
  • severity of the impairment,
  • residual functional capacity,
  • work duties,
  • past work, and
  • ability to perform any work.

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