Who is "Disabled" under the Social Security Act?
To be “disabled" under the Social Security Act, you must be unable to work because of a physical or mental impairment or combination of impairments.
In general terms, you can be found disabled under the Social Security Act if you cannot work full time (8 hours per day, 5 days per week) because of a mental or physical impairment that has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death. Your mental or physical impairment must be sufficiently severe that it prevents you from doing your past work and from adjusting to any other work. Also, your mental or physical impairments must be demonstrated by medically-acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques. See 42 U.S.C. § 423(d).
As you can see from the above summary, determining whether you are disabled under the Social Security Act is a complicated process. That’s why you should consult with the experienced and knowledgeable lawyers at Ziegler & Lane, LLC before making any decisions.
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