Disability as Defined by a Waterloo Disability Attorney

In this blog, a Waterloof disability attorney examines the definition of the term “disability” as used by Gavel the Social Security Administration.

Elements of Disability
There are a number of factors that both your Waterloo disability lawyer and the SSA recognize when determining disability:

  • There must be a limitation, either psychological or physiological, that can be confirmed by means of standard clinical and medical methods;
  • This limitation must have been in existence for at least one year or been diagnosed as terminal;
  • The limitation must be sufficiently severe to make the claimant incapable of meeting the demands of his accustomed work or any other kind of work that can be found in the job market; and
  • The factors shown must be in place with allowance given for how old the claimant is, his or her level of education and prior employment experience.

Both the SSA and your Waterloo disability attorney use the definition given in 42 U.S.C. § 423(d), which states that: “The definition of disability in the Act specifically provides that an individual is not disabled if drug addiction or alcoholism would “be a contributing factor material to the . . . determination that the individual is disabled.” 42 U.S.C. § 423(d)(2)(C).

Your Waterloo Disability Lawyer, SSA and SSI
The SSI, the Social Security Administration and your Waterloo disability attorney all use the same definition for disability. Since the SSI is intended to provide disability income to people who cannot obtain SSD benefits due to extreme poverty and their program falls under the Social Security Administration, they must use the same criteria. SSI benefits, however, are still beneath the poverty level. 42 U.S.C. § 1382c

If You Have Questions
If you require additional information or assistance, don’t hesitate to contact your Waterloo disability attorney by calling Hugh Field at (855) 801-1633. Don’t wait.