Date:July 13, 2015
Here are 4 questions the NH disability attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC ask to assess your likelihood of qualifying for Social Security disability benefits. These questions won’t tell you for certain that you will qualify, but they should give you an idea whether an application is worth pursuing:
1. Are you working? You will not be approved if you are engaging in “substantial gainful activity” (SGA), defined as monthly earnings of $1,090 or more per month.
2. Do you have a severe medical impairment? Virtually any reduction in your capacity to perform work will satisfy this requirement. Medical signs or laboratory findings must show you have an abnormality , even if your doctors have diagnosed your condition differently or are unable to provide a definitive diagnosis.
3. Will your impairment last 12 months or result in death? Unless an impairment is expected to cause your death, it must have lasted, or be expected to last, for a continuous period of 12 months.
4. Are you able to work? As a general rule, being able to work disqualifies you from being able to receive Social Security disability benefits., but there are exceptions.