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What Does Disability Mean?

The average 20-year-old worker currently has a one-in-four chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age.  Social Security’s definition of disability is the inability to work because of a severe condition that is expected to last for at least one year or end in death.

Social Security disability benefits help to replace part of your income when you are no longer able to work because of a disability.

Most people focus on the medical aspect of proving their disability and offer extensive medical records as part of the application, hearing, and appeals processes.  But it is equally important to paint a clear picture of your work information.

Details that SSA should know about your work include:

  • Main tasks you performed
  • Main responsibilities of your job
  • Rate of pay you received
  • Number of hours you worked each week
  • Dates you worked
  • Knowledge, abilities, and skills your work required
  • Machinery, tools, and equipment you used
  • Amount of independent judgment you used
  • Amount of supervision you received
  • How you used your hands, legs, and arms
  • Speaking, vision, and hearing requirements of your job
  • Objects you had to lift and carry and how much they weighed
  • How much you had to sit, stand, crouch, climb, balance, stoop, or kneel

If you have become disabled, speak with a trusted and experienced disability attorney who can help you receive the benefits you deserve.