Meeting the Severity Requirement

July 10th, 2013

To qualify for disability benefits, you must have a “medically determinable impairment” and your impairment must be “severe.” The purpose of this requirement is to eliminate frivolous cases. These are cases in which the claimant’s condition interferes with the ability to work only slightly, or in which the claimant does not have a genuine medical problem.

Qualifying for Disability Based on Mental Impairments

April 23rd, 2013

Social Security evaluates mental impairments differently than physical impairments. The purpose of this brief overview is to discuss generally how Social Security evaluates mental impairments and what criteria generally need to be met before a Listing-level impairment is established.