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The Social Security Administration’s definition of disability

In order for a Charlotte resident to qualify for benefits from the Social Security Administration the individual must meet the entity’s definition of disabled. This post will address the provisions of the definition provided by the Social Security Administration and what factors may prevent a person from meeting its terms. Individuals should, however, discuss their legal questions with disability benefits attorneys to ensure that they receive case-specific guidance.

The first part of the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability is that the person must be unable to participate in substantial gainful activity. This can mean that they are unable to work and provide themselves with the income they need to support themselves. Their inability to engage in substantial gainful activity must be due to the second part of the definition, the presence of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment.

A medically determinable physical or mental impairment must be supported with evidence in order for the individual to qualify as disabled. The impairment also must not be temporary; to qualify as disabled under the Social Security Administration’s definition the person’s impairment must be expected to result in death or last for at least 12 months.

Meeting the elements of disability under this definition can require a person to compile evidence of their condition and need for support. Establishing oneself as disabled is only one part of the Social Security disability benefits application process, though. Individuals who wish to apply and receive disability benefits or supplemental income may wish to discuss their conditions with benefits attorneys to get help preparing and submitting the Social Security disability benefits’ applications.

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