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Understanding the definition of disability

Most of our readers in Ohio know that Social Security Disability benefits may be available for workers who, usually through illness or injury, are no longer able to work. However, there is much more to it than that. For starters, our readers should know what the definition of a disability is, according to the Social Security Administration.

As a recent news article noted, disability means a health condition that is expected to last 12 months or longer or result in the person’s death, and which renders the person unable to maintain gainful employment. Taken together, these factors can become difficult to prove in an initial application to receive SSD benefits. In fact, that is why so many initial applications are denied.

To have the best shot at being approved to receive SSD benefits, Ohio residents need to put together a strong application. Medical evidence of the disability is crucial. The application must also include the applicant’s work history. Applicants must have a sufficient work history to qualify for SSD benefits, as well as the requisite medical factors.

The recent news article noted that SSD benefits can be a significant financial lifeline for those unable to work due to a physical or mental disability. Understanding the legal terms associated with applying for benefits is a crucial first step. If an initial application is denied, it is also important to understand how to appeal that decision. If you have questions regarding an application for benefits, you should contact an attorney who specializes in Social Security cases.

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