Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Common Misconception No.1 -- Social Security Disability Must Be Permanent

Mary Ann Barnes
Most people are under the impression that social security disability is ONLY for those with one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. This is a common misconception. In order to file for Social Security Disability benefits, a person must be unable to work (“do any substantial gainful activity”) by reason of any physical or mental impairment which lasts for 12 months or more. The substantial gainful activity is your previous work or any other existing in the national economy. Your residual functional capacity, your age, education and work experience are taken into consideration.

Again, a person does not have to have one foot on a banana peel to be eligible! Most people do not consider themselves to be “disabled” if they think they will be returning to work. A person’s disability must be a disability that lasts for twelve months or more. Disability can be permanent or short term.

Please contact me if you have questions about Social Security Disability.

Mary Ann Barnes
Tucker Griffin Barnes
Charlottesville, VA (434-973-7474)

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