What do you have to prove to get disability?
There is no easy answer to this question. The reason is that the requirements to prove you are disabled differ depending on your age, education, work history, and current medical restrictions. Often, your doctor will not prevent you from working altogether. Rather, the doctor will place restrictions on you that prevent you from doing certain things. Thus, each case has its own unique requirements. If you are under 50 years of age, generally speaking, you have to be able to prove that you cannot work full-time doing any kind of job, not just the kind of work that you have done in the past. It does not make a difference whether or not you had done the work before, what the pay is, or even whether you would be hired to do a particular position. The requirement is that you can do no type of employment.
If you are over 50 years of age, the rules are different. Sometimes, it may be enough to simply prove that you cannot perform the work you used to do. In these types of cases, it will often depend on work capabilities such as how long you can sit, how long you can stand and how much you can lift throughout the day. These limitations can be determined through your testimony with the guidance of your lawyer, and your medical records.
It is very helpful to have a lawyer in order to present your disability testimony properly.
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