The definition of disability is based on Social Security guidelines. The Social Security Administration considers a person disabled when he or she suffers from a physical or mental impairment that prevents the individual from completing substantial gainful activity for more than one year.
Substantial Gainful Activity
Substantial gainful activity is based on a figure that changes every year. Currently, a person who makes $1,090 per month (gross wages) is considered to have substantial gainful activity. When a person applies for benefits, he or she cannot currently be earning more than this amount, or benefits will be denied. As long as the amount is not exceeded, applicants can work part-time.
The Social Security Administration will evaluate your medical evidence. Your medical records should show the nature of your impairment and how it affects your ability to work.
Residual Functional Capacity Assessment
The Social Security Administration will also evaluate your residual functional capacity. This assessment helps to determine whether you are physically capable of working a job that is considered light, sedentary or medium.
If you suffer from a mental impairment, the Social Security Administration assesses whether you can follow instructions, understand orders, interact in a proper manner with other individuals and respond to hazards or changes in the workplace.
If you need more information about Social Security disability benefits call my office at 800-218-7062.