When a Brandon Social Security disability attorney defines disability, he or she does so with the Social Security Act definition in mind. This definition requires the claimant to possess several characteristics.
Medically Determinable Impairment
The claimant must have a medically determinable impairment. The Social Security Administration defines such an impairment as a mental or physical impairment that is the result of an abnormality in an individual’s physiology, anatomy or psychology that is diagnosed by clinical and laboratory diagnostics.
The impairment cannot be short-term. Instead, it must either be terminal or it must be expected to last 12 months or longer.
Prevention of Work
Additionally, a Brandon social security disability attorney can explain that the impairment must prevent the claimant from working past relevant work and the work of other substantial gainful work that exists in the national economy in significant numbers, given the claimant’s education, experience and age.
Drugs or Alcohol
Social Security regulations dictate that a person is not considered to have a disability if drug addiction or alcoholism are contributing factors relevant to the individual’s disability.
Supplemental Security Income
The definition for a person who qualifies under the Supplemental Security Income program is the same as for an individual who qualifies under the Social Security disability program. Supplemental Security Income is a public benefit program for individuals who meet income guidelines.
Recipients of Supplemental Security Income benefits fall below the federal poverty limit. Additionally, individuals who qualify for this program are individuals otherwise not entitled to benefits under the Social Security disability program because they do not have enough work credits. The Supplemental Security Income program is run by the Social Security Administration.
For more information on the disability process, contact a Brandon disability attorney from Garry W. Miracle, Esq. by calling (813) 655-3136 today.