A dictionary defines disability as any form of physical or mental condition capable of and actually limiting the ability of an individual in terms of their senses, activities and/or physical movements. This can refer to any of several different health issues on a psychological, psychiatric and physical level. In this definition, time limits are not indicated. In other words, a disability can last as short or as long as it does. It can be constant or intermittent.
However, when it comes to SSDI, the definition is not the same. The SSA specifically defines disability within set parameters. It sets exact criteria. It also has precise and detailed measures. These are applied during the qualification process to determine whether the applicant is to be considered disabled.
In order for an individual to receive disability an attorney knows he or she must qualify using the following measures:
* Condition of Disability: The disability must not be partial. It cannot be short-term. It must be total and long-term
* Duration of Disability: The disability must last no less than one year
* Employment Factors: You cannot continue to do the work of your employment - called, according to a disability attorney "functional limitation." You cannot perform tasks of previous and/or other work you may potentially do. In SSA-speak, this is called substantial gainful activity (SGA). To determine this, they can apply what is called a medical-vocational grid.
* Medical Evidence: In order to qualify, you will need the right type and amount of documentation to support your claim for a disability. The documentation and other files you supply must be current and detailed. They must supply specific information not only on the condition but also how it will prevent you from working for more than a year. If this is supplied and the disability is part of the list of said impairments, you may be accepted. If not, other assessments may follow.
Talking to a Disability Attorney
If you have any doubts about your situation with the SSA and your potential SSDI application, talk to a disability attorney. In Winfield, professionals handle these cases successfully on a regular basis. You should receive notice upon your claim in Illinois anywhere between 3 and 4 months after filing. If the claim is denied, definitely talk to a disability lawyer. You will need their expert advice to guide you through the appeal process.