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What's a Disability?

Does Your Disability Qualify for SSD?

The quick answer is that if you have a medically diagnosed condition that makes you unable to work, then your disability would qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Getting to that answer, however, can require extensive medical evidence.

Questions About Social Security Disability?
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At the Iaconis Law Office in Chittenango, New York, our legal practice is focused on helping people who are disabled and unable to work. Qualifying for SSD benefits can be complex and confusing. Contact a lawyer who has extensive experience with the SSD process and with helping people with disabilities. We serve clients throughout the Syracuse area.

  • What is a disability? The Social Security Administration defines a disability as "the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months." No matter how serious temporary disability might be, it if it doesn't last 12 continuous months, Social Security will not apply. However, there are special rules for people who have attempted to return to work, but couldn't tolerate working after short periods, and for people who have only been able to work a few hours a week. Therefore, legal advice from our experienced Social Security attorney could make a world of difference.
  • Why is it difficult to qualify for SSD? There are many different physical and mental impairments (and combinations of impairments) that can qualify. The Social Security Administration needs to be sure that your condition is, indeed, a total disability. (SSD does not pay for partial disability.) For this reason, you need to supply medical evidence of disability. However, not knowing exactly what Social Security is looking for in the medical evidence can leave you rejected, even if your doctors cooperate.

Attorney Paul Iaconis has guided and advised many clients through the SSD process. We know how much you need the benefits. And we know how to work with your doctor and to produce what Social Security needs.

Not being able to work is something you probably never expected to have happen. Now that you are disabled and need SSD benefits, contact a lawyer who can help you prove your disability.