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How “Disability” is Defined by Social Security - JDSupra

The Social Security Administration processes nearly 2 million disability applications every year, but only about 35% of those applications are actually awarded disability benefits – a pretty staggering statistic, especially if you’re thinking about applying for SS Disability because you have difficulty working. Just the fact that about 2/3rds of all disability applications are denied speaks to the stringent requirements for approval, so it would be good to know, before applying, how Social Security determines if you are, in fact, disabled and entitled to benefits. This JDSupra article explains the five basic steps used by Social Security when reviewing your application for disability benefits, and can act as a guide for those contemplating applying for disability. But always remember that even if your disability application is initially denied, it’s possible to appeal that denial if you believe you are unable to work.

Also, if you’re unsure about how these basics apply to you, or if you have any questions about your individual situation under Social Security, note that the AMAC Foundation provides a free-to-the-public service to help Americans navigate the complexities of this program. Learn more about it here…

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