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US has Most Rigid Definition of Disability

The Social Security Administration recently published an article citing a 2010 report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that finds that the United States “has the most rigid definition for disability”.

The Social Security Act defines disability very strictly.  In order to receive disability benefits, a person must have an impairment due to a severe medical condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year or likely to result in death.  The impairment must be so severe the person is unable to perform any substantial work.  Temporary or partial disability benefits are not available.  Because the eligibility requirements are so strict, Social Security disability beneficiaries are among the most severely impaired people in the country and tend to have high death rates. 

Thus, Social Security is admitting what we have observed in representing Social Security Disability and SSI Disability claimants for 30 years, the Social Security Administration is very demanding when it comes to proving disability.  You want experienced assistance from the beginning to have your best chance of obtaining benefits. 

If you need help with your application or appeal, call Harbison & Kavanagh at 804-888-8000. 

To see this article by the Social Security Administration click here: Articles | The Faces and Facts of Disability | SSA 

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