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Chico SSDI Attorney: How Social Security Defines Disability

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The major difference between how the Social Security Administration and other programs defines disability is that the SSA will only accept claims for individuals who are able to demonstrate that they have a total disability.

That means that Social Security will not approve disability benefits for applicants dealing with short-term or partial disability.

Applicants who are determined to eligible for a monthly cash benefit under the SSDI program are those who have:

  • Paid a sufficient amount into the Social Security system by way of prior employment,
  • Can no longer perform the work that he or she did before needing to file,
  • Are not able to adjust to a different type of job because of his or her medical conditions, and
  • Have had disabling medical conditions that have lasted or will last for at least one year or result in the death of the applicant.


Social Security’s guidelines for disability are exceptionally stringent when compared to other programs that offer financial hardship support—that’s because the disability benefits program exists for individuals who are dealing with severe or terminal health conditions that are expected to prevent them from working for an extended period of time.

Generally, the SSA assumes that individuals dealing with disability conditions on the short term will be able to obtain sufficient support elsewhere—such as through workers’ compensation, savings and investments, and insurance.

Proving you have a disability severe enough to prevent you from working can present a number of challenges during a time of hardship. Discuss your options for filing or appealing a claim with a Chico Social Security disability lawyer at Ledgerwood Law Group. Call 888-761-7383 today.

Category: Social Security Disability

Thomas Ledgerwood
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