The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses five questions to determine if someone is considered “disabled.”
In order to be considered disabled by the SSA, you must either not work at all or are working but earn less than $1,130 a month.
You must have a condition that prevents you from working at all. Or, your condition prevents you from working enough to earn more than $1,130 a month. This applies to work in any field where you previously worked in. It also applies to fields of work you could learn to do. If your condition does not interfere with the work-related tasks of a job you used to do or can be expected to do, you may not be considered disabled.
There are some conditions automatically considered disabling according to the SSA. These include severe brain injuries or certain types of cancer.
In order to be considered disabled, your mental or physical condition must interfere with any type of work you did in the past. That means it’s not just about the work done in your most recent job. You may be considered non-disabled if you can’t work at your last job, but you can go back to a type of previous work.
Your previous work will be considered, and you will be evaluated. The evaluation consists of determining if you can be reasonably expected to do any new work based on age, education level, and skills.
Contact our office today to learn more about disability qualifications. Also, find out how they may play a role in your workers’ compensation claim.