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The standard for proving a disability

Living with a disability is not easy. It can affect your ability to work and do the things you love. Not only can a disability be a detriment to your income, but the medical bills can be costly too. When seeking help, you've probably considered applying for Supplemental Security Income. Maybe you've been denied a claim in the past, are looking to increase your benefits or are wondering how the application process works.

Regardless of your circumstance, it is important to know that there is a strict standard of proof for disability. Although the dark line in the sand can be frustrating to those in need of help, it incentivizes those who can rehabilitate from an injury to do so while protecting benefits for those who need long-term care.

What qualifies as a disability?

To qualify for benefits you must have a physical or mental impairment that is expected to prevent you from gainful employment for a year or longer or are suffering a condition that will result in death. Social Security is not your only option when seeking disability payments, but it often is the most reliable and consistent.

When you file for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will work to determine both the severity of your medical condition and your inability to work.

Physical health vs. mental health

Physical health is of the body while mental health is of the mind. A mental illness can be particularly challenging to prove because the symptoms and effects are largely unseen. A variety of ailments can result in disability payments, but the severity is often up for debate by the court.

Each case is different, and you deserve to have your case represented by a trusted, local attorney who specializes in disability law. Even if you have been denied in the past, you have the right to appeal.

Who qualifies for benefits?

Anyone who meets the defined standard of "disabled" has access to benefits. 5.2 percent of Americans receive Social Security disability benefits. That number was up from 2.5 percent in 1990. Economists attribute the rise in beneficiaries to an aging workforce and a decline in jobs available to elderly and disabled persons.

For questions on how to apply or to an appeal a past denial, speak with a disability law attorney who can help you gain access to the benefits you need.

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