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How does Social Security define disability?

Most individuals applying for Social Security disability do not understand what is basically required to obtain disability benefits. Simply stating that you cannot work due to severe back pain or I have great difficulty walking because of pain in my knees is not enough to convince those who make the decision as to whether you are disabled from working.  The decision as to whether you are not able to work is made by specialists working at the state disability office. These individuals may be doctors or others who are trained in understanding what evidence is needed to obtain disability. Their main purpose is to review all your doctor’s medical records as to how it pertains to your problem. 

According to Social Security rules, one must have a severe medical impairment(condition) which prevents you from working  at least 12 months or is expected to last that long. Also, your condition must prevent you from being able to perform your past type of work as well as prevent you from doing other jobs;  In addition, Social Security takes into consideration, your level of education and age. Because it can be very difficult for the average person to grasp all these facts. it is desirable that one seek the services of a lawyer who is familiar with disability cases.