Social Security Disability

The social security act provides that disabled persons or persons claiming on behalf of a disabled individual may be entitled to monthly benefits on account of a physical or mental impairment which is severe or a combination of impairments which are determined to be severe.

Disability benefits are available to individuals who have established insured status on the basis of wages earned before the onset of disability. In addition, disabled persons including minor children who are able to establish disability without an earnings record and who are not earning more than approximately seven hundred dollars a month may also be eligible for benefits.

The social security act provides that disability means one’s inability to engage in substantial gainful activity because of a physical or mental condition which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for twelve months.

Impairments will only be considered if they are severe. The severity of a particular physical or mental impairment requires that an individual not only be unable to do their previous work but that one is unable to engage in any substantial gainful work taking into account their age, education and experience.