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How Do You Know What the Social Security Administration Considers a Disability?

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Alison Rodin
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Dealing with a disability challenges many New England residents each and every day. For many, simple tasks like brushing your teeth or getting dressed in the morning can be an ordeal. And getting employment may well be out of reach. This is when Social Security disability benefits can really make a difference.

If you are struggling with a disability, you may have wondered exactly what conditions qualify for Social Security Administration (SSA) assistance and whether your condition is one of them. The SSA provides a "Listing of Impairments", which lists medical conditions for each body system. For a successful disability claim, the following must be true:

  • The disability will appear on the Listing of Impairments.
  • The disability has lasted or will last at least 12 months. 
  • You are unable to perform your previous job duties or adjust to other work because of your condition.


Sometimes your physical disability will prove easy to document and be severe enough that your claim will sail through in a matter of months. But more likely, with the huge demand and growing backlog, the SSA will take much longer to determine if your claim qualifies. Some people wait more than two years.

Meanwhile, you need to continue to live your life. At Keefe Disability Law, we have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the process of qualifying your condition as quickly as possible, as long as it meets the SSA's definitions. We urge you to give us a call toll free at 888-904-6847 to set up a free consultation. We proudly serve residents of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

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