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What Does Being Disabled Mean?

When it comes to filing for Social Security Disability Insurance, the Social Security Administration does not define “disability” as a specific disease or circumstance. Rather, the agency will look at functional limitations that impact a person’s ability to work.

According to the SSA, a disability is based on your inability to work as a result of a medical condition, which may be physical, mental or both. A Houston disability attorney can help you understand the complete process of getting benefits, but there are some basic factors. To considered disabled and able to qualify for SSDI benefits, you must meet these conditions:

  • You are unable to perform the work you have previously been employed in and are unable to adjust to other work because of a severe medical condition.
  • Your medical condition must last or be anticipated to last for at least one year.
  • Your disability must be total. Benefits are not payed for partial disability or short-term disability.

Factors that will be considered in your SSDI claim include your medical condition, ability to work, age, education and work experience. A Social Security disability lawyer will be able to fully explain the process, requirements and documentation needed to demonstrate a disability and be approved for benefits.

If you have a medical condition that inhibits your ability to work and provide for you and your family, the Houston disability attorneys at the Law Offices Of M. Stanley Whitehead can give you the assistance you need to apply for benefits or appeal a denial. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Call us today for a free consultation and learn what legal options are available.


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"I want to thank the office of Marc Whitehead and especially Jaime Almaguer who was my caseworker. I had begun the disability process myself until I heard about this lawyers' office in Texas. Seemed strange working with folks across the country that I would never meet. Nevertheless, they were able to get my disability first time around. I felt comfortable discussing my issues privately with them and being able to let Jaime do the work. He was responsive, caring and very professional. Thank you all so much, this has changed my life."  Lynne via

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