Today I want to tackle a couple of questions I’m often asked by clients that come in to request my help for a social security disability claim. These questions are:
1. Is there a such thing as a temporary disability?
2. Is there a such thing as a partial disability?
The answer to the first question is YES. There is a such thing as temporary disability, it’s called the closed period of disability. When dealing with a disability claim, the social security act anticipates that if you have a person that is unable to work due to a severe impairment or several severe impairments, and that inability to work has lasted for or is anticipated to last for at least a year.
The same criteria that goes to determining your disability in that period of time is the same criteria used to determine if somebody is disabled permanently.
That brings us to my next question…
Can I be partially impaired/disabled? The answer to that question is NO.
Again, the social security disability will grant you benefits if you are unable to do your past work or any other less demanding work. That means if were a construction worker before doing heavy labor, you would have to say that I couldn’t even do a sedentary job answering a phone or something of that matter.
That is what disability is. You have to be totally unable to work.
Please know: This is an informative video and should not be considered legal advice. By providing this information, we are not acting as your lawyer. If you need legal advice, please contact me.