What is a disability?

What is a disability? A disability is a physical or mental limitation which you have which impacts your ability to work. Social Security does not use the word disability. Rather, they use the word impairment. An impairment is anything which significantly impacts your ability to work. As mentioned above, it can be a physical limitation or a mental limitation. A physical limitation can include all kinds of illnesses or injuries. For many claimants, it will be low back pain or neck pain. But it can be anything: allergies, asthma, muscle pain or headaches. As for mental limitations, those limitations can include anxiety, loss of concentration, depression, sleeplessness, lack of motivation and the like. Being disabled typically means that the impairments are severe enough that they prevent you from working at all or prevent you from working full-time.

Even if you have impairments or disabilities, you may not be disabled. As discussed elsewhere, in order to recover disability benefits, you have to either not be working or make less than $1000 per month. Some people believe that if they have an illness or injury,that having that injury or illness in and of itself is disabling. However, if one works, despite having an illness or injury, and makes at least $1000 per month, they are not considered disabled by Social Security.

While this may be confusing, the attorneys at Freeman & Freeman can help determine whether you may be able to prove you are disabled because of your impairments. Give us a call and see how we can help you.

What is a disability?