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How the Social Security Administration decides who is disabled

For those with disability qualifying conditions, not much comes easy. Applying for benefits from the Social Security Administration can seem like another difficult step in a painstaking process and figuring out what would qualify and what wouldn’t could be tricky. For a quick explanation, the Social Security Administration explained who could qualify to the McClatchy-Tribune News Service.

“If you are an adult, you must be unable to work for a year or more because of a medical condition or combination of medical impairments,” a SSA spokesperson answered. “Overall, we use a five-step evaluation process to decide whether you are disabled. The process considers any current work activity you are doing. It also considers your medical condition and how it affects your ability to work.”

To qualify, people must be unable to work or do work they have done before the disability become a problem. The SSA must also decide that you cannot adjust to new work. The disability must be expected to last a year, the spokesperson told the news source, or cause death. For those worried about getting back to work, there are work programs through the SSA which can help people who believe they can get back to work at some point.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have successfully represented clients in obtaining Social Security disability benefits in the Chicagoland area for over 25 years. We have a reputation for winning difficult cases.