Social Security has a very strict definition of “disability.” To be considered disabled in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you must meet the following criteria:
– You cannot perform your previous occupation.
– You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s).
– Your medical condition(s) must last or be expected to last for at least one year and/or result in death.
If you expect to be unable to work for only a few months, then applying for social security disability is not an option. However, if you are only able to work part time and earn under the amount Social Security sets each year, then that work is not considered substantial gainful employment and you may be able to apply for benefits. In 2018 if you earn $1,180/month and in 2019 if you earn $1,220/month gross wages, then this would not affect a finding of disability.
At Curtis, Heinz, Garrett, and O’Keefe, we have handled over a thousand of disability claims successfully, At all levels of appeal. Please call for a free initial consultation.