There is not one uniform definition of the word disabled. A Lincoln, Nebraska, doctor may tell you that you are disabled; however, that does not mean that you are automatically eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

Why Not?

In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must be disabled according to the definition of the word “disabled” as the Social Security Administration (SSA) understands it. According to the SSA, a person may be considered disabled if both these statements are true:

  • She cannot perform her past work or any other work because of physical and mental limitations  Different rules apply for workers over age 50..
  • She will remain fully disabled for at least one year, or the disability is expected to result in death. If her doctors believe that she will be able to return to work in 8 to 10 months, for example, then she will not qualify for benefits.

Additionally, a person must meet all eligibility requirements and complete her application in order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Confused? You Don’t Have to Make Sense of This on Your Own

The Social Security disability application process is exact. There is no gray area. If your application is not filled out completely and accurately, then your application will be denied by the SSA. You will not get the benefits you deserve.

To find out more about what you can do to protect your potential Social Security disability claim please watch our free videos and please look at our home page to find the answers to the top three questions we often hear.

Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska
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