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"Disability" Defined by the Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration defines "DISABILITY" as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which:

  • has lasted for a continuous period of not less than 12 months;
  • is expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months; or
  • is expected to result in death.

In the vast majority of disability cases, a claimant is filing for disability because they are unable to work for 12 months or longer due to a physical and/or mental condition. However, not all cases operate under the same standard. Most individuals under the age of 50 must be unable to perform any type of full-time work -- even an easy sit-down job.

The standard for individuals age 50 and older varies greatly by individual work history. It is important to consult an experienced Social Security Disability attorney early in a claim to avoid overlooking important details in a claimant's work history that may impact a claimant's eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits.

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