Definition of Disability
To decide if you are disabled, the Social Security Administration (SSA) answers five questions:
- Are you working? You cannot earn more than $1,040/month in 2013 to be considered.
- Is your medical condition “severe"? In other words, does it interfere with things you do at work?
- Is your medical condition in the Social Security “Blue Book” (list of medical problems)?
- Can you do the work you did before? If you can, you are not considered disabled.
- Can you do any other type of work? The SSA looks at age, education, past work experience and any other skills you may have to answer this.
While your doctor can provide information to support your case, saying you are disabled is not enough of a reason for you to get Social Security benefits.