Social Security Disability
Gonzalez Law Firm , Social Security Disability Attorney – Orlando
Social Security Disability Insurance is a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program. Its purpose is to provide income to people unable to work because of a disability.
You must be insured. That means you must have worked and paid into the program (mandatory payroll taxes) for five of the last 10 years. You must also meet Social Security’s definition of disability.
While many people find it difficult to obtain necessary Social Security Disability benefits, Orlando’s Social Security Disability Attorney at Gonzalez Law Firm is an advocate for assisting individuals in properly obtaining their Social Security Disability benefits.
The determination of disability with the Social Security Administration involves a complex mixture of legal, medical, employment, and vocational information. The adjudication and implementation of disability benefits requires vast amounts of agency resources and staff within a complex bureaucracy. Similarly, there is a vast body of regulations, rulings, and case law regarding Social Security Disability. As a result, information provided in a short article such as this should not be relied upon for any important purpose.
The Social Security Administration (SSA)  advises that interested parties contact the Social Security Administration for up-to-date and accurate information. Similarly, due to the complexity of the processes and determinations made by the Social Security Administration, organizations such as the American Bar Association and NOSSCR advise that those involved in application for benefits or adjudication seek competent counsel.
Social Security generally defines disability as being unable to work because of a verifiable mental and/or physical impairment expected to result in death, or which has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least 12 months.
Here is a more detaile
d explanation of the Social Security Administration’s five-step process to determine if an individual qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits:
STEP ONE simply determines if an individual is “working (engaging in substantial gainful activity)” according to the SSA definition. Earning more than $860 a month as an employee is enough to be disqualified from receiving Social Security Disability benefits.
STEP TWO implies that the disability must be severe enough to significantly limit one’s ability to perform basic work activities needed to do most jobs. For example: walking, standing, sitting, lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, carrying or handling seeing, hearing and speaking, understanding/carrying out and remembering simple instructions, use of judgment, responding appropriately to supervision, co-workers and usual work situations and dealing with changes in a routine work setting
STEP THREE asks if the disability meets or equals a medical listing.
STEP FOUR explores the ability of an individual to perform work he has done in the past despite his disability. If SSA finds that a person can do his past work, benefits are denied. If the person cannot, then the process proceeds to the fifth and final step.
STEP FIVE looks at age, education, work experience and physical/mental condition to determine what other work, if any, the person can perform. To determine disability, SSA enlists vocational rules, which vary according to age.
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