As my colleague indicated in her post last week, an adult must suffer from a "medically determinable impairment" in order to receive disability benefits, and not every impairment is easily proven by clinical or laboratory findings. There is no gold standard, for example, in making diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Similarly, there are no widely accepted formal diagnostic criteria for myasthenia gravis. Though many claimants suffer from symptoms of pain or fatigue, a "symptom" is not a medically determinable impairment under SSR 96-4p. Thus, further rules may be necessary to establish a medical impairment.
In order to receive disability benefits an adult must suffer from a medically determinable impairment or combination of impairments that is severe enough to prevent them from engaging in work activity. The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines a medically determinable impairment as "an impairment that results from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities which can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques. A physical or mental impairment must be established by medical evidence consisting of signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings-not only by the individual's statement of symptoms."
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 protects Minnesota workers with disabilities from workplace discrimination. According to the law, local and state governments, private employers, labor unions and employment agencies are prohibited from discriminating against employees who have qualifying disabilities. Indeed, not all Americans with disabilities require Social Security disability insurance to survive; many excel at high level jobs when reasonable accommodation is provided.
Millions of Americans rely on their Social Security checks each month to make financial ends meet. However, millions of Americans have also tried to qualify for these benefits and failed. That is why most people want to know before they apply for benefits if they will qualify to receive them.
Thousands of Minnesota residents rely on their Social Security disability benefits every month. While some politicians are arguing that a lot of these people do not deserve benefits, there are also a lot of disabled persons who deserve benefits but their applications are continually denied.
At some point in most of our lives, it becomes time to set out on our own and earn an income for ourselves. Some of us, however, have a much more difficult time trying to do that than others -- especially those of us who suffer from some form of disability. Whether that disability is physical or mental, people who are unable to work and earn at least $1,000 a month or more, may be able to qualify for government assistance to help make financial ends meet. In this article, we will discuss Social Security disability payments relating to mental impairment.
Our nation's Social Security system has two primary parts. One part is the disability insurance system. The other part is the Old Age and Survivors Insurance program. Congress has always treated them together under the larger financial umbrella of the Social Security Administration, moving funds from one to the other when needed.
When a mental impairment claim may be warranted, one thing that has to be done is to determine the severity of said impairment. This can be done by looking at a number of factors; the severity depends on which of these factors exist at the same time. Some of those that are considered include the following: