How does the Social Security Administration determine whether I am Disabled?
SSA defines Disability as “the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.”
It is important to understand that SSA considers many different factors when determining whether you are disabled. Your medical evidence is very important, but SSA will also consider your age, past relevant work, educational background and any factors that may affect your ability to perform work. The combination of all of your physical and mental impairments must be assessed when making a determination of disability.
The process can be a long, frustrating and confusing one. You may have to appeal and ultimately take your case to a hearing. Some people become discouraged and give up pursuit of their claim. You may have to prepare to exercise perseverance and patience.