Which Disabilities Qualify You As Permanently Disabled?


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Any physical or mental impairment that prevents someone from earning the substantial gainful activity amount (which fluctuates from year to year) and will probably be present for at least one year without improving, qualifies as total disability. Social Security Disability reassesses each case individually rather than awarding permanent disability status.

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Regardless of how permanent a person's disability is, he is allowed to earn up to the substantial gainful activity amount in an appropriate work setting. SSD classifies physical disabilities according to a person's ability to perform sedentary, light and medium work. Mental disabilities are classified according to a person's ability to learn and retain new information, get along with peers, communicate and function in a work place environment. SSD also uses medical records to identify an individual's limitations in areas such as the senses, range of motion and chemical sensitivities.

SSD establishes personalized plans that are rechecked after a determinate amount of time, depending on the severity a disability. Usually all that is needed to establish continued qualification is medical documentation stating that the individual still has the disabling condition and has not improved. If improvement is seen, more assessments are made to see whether the individual is still totally disabled and eligible for continued SSD benefits.

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