Your condition is having a real and profound effect on your life. It is impacting your daily routine, what you do with your family, and your activities. It has changed everything, and you consider it severe.
The Social Security Administration May or May Not Agree With You
The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a very specific definition of severe when it is determining whether a condition is severe for purposes of qualifying for Social Security disability benefits. In order to be considered severe, a condition must interfere with basic work-related activities.
A condition can be found to be severe if it equals one of the specific listings maintained by the SSA. While the listings cover many common conditions that qualify people for Social Security disability it is not all inclusive. Accordingly, the SSA can also find that a person’s condition is severe by finding that his mental or physical impairment is of, “such severity that he is not only unable to do his previous work but cannot, considering his age, education, and work experience, engage in any other kind of substantial gainful work which exists in the national economy…”
How to Make Your Case
The burden is on you to make the SSA understand your condition and how it impacts your ability to work. It is important to make your case in terms that are relevant to the SSA’s determination process. You can learn more about how to make your case by browsing our free videos and related links.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.