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Social Security Benefits Attorneys Benefits Summary
Social Security Disability benefits are provided through a U.S. government system run by the Social Security Administration (SSA). These disability programs provide cash support for individuals with mental or physical disorders who cannot work because of the severity of their condition. In some cases, a person who is eligible for Social Security Disability benefits may also be eligible for cash support for their dependents. When deciding on a disability claim, the government considers both legal and medical issues. The government considers you disabled only if you are not able to work in your current or most recent job or you do not have an education, experience, or ability to do any job. The SSA uses certain regulations and rules to determine whether a person is medically disabled. These are called the Listing of Impairments.
For adults and children applying for Social Security Disability (claimant) being disabled means that you are unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment. The disability must have lasted or be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months, or can be expected to result in death. The SSA must be able to determine that you have something wrong with you, either physically or mentally. In making such a decision, the SSA can among other things, ask to examine your treating doctor’s records and your hospital records, order x-rays or other tests as needed. Although a claimant’s subjective complaints are important, the statements must be corroborated by medical evidence.