The definition of disability can vary widely. Someone with no arms and legs might not feel disabled at all, for example, while someone who has lost a finger may feel permanently disabled. For purposes of offering disability benefits, SSI and Social Security disability standards have been created to help define when someone is disabled.
Understanding the Current Disability Definition
You may be disabled under current Social Security disability standards and eligible for benefits if you:
- Have a mental, medical or physical impairment.
- Your impairment keeps you from SGA (substantial gainful activity). In 2016, this was defined as activity earning you more than $1,130 per month.
- Your impairment has either kept you from SGA for 12 months at minimum or is forecast to prevent you from substantial gainful activity for at least 12 months in the future.
By these social security disability standards, therefore, you may qualify for disability if you have a serious enough condition to prevent you from earning more than $1,090 per month for at least a year. Of course, to receive disability, you need to be able to prove your disability as well — with medical records, loss of earnings proof and more.
If you would like to file a Social Security disability or have already been denied and need to build a strong appeal, contact KBG Injury Law. During a consultation, we can help you determine whether you qualify for disability benefits. If you do, we can put together a strong case to prove your eligibility.