What does “substantial gainful activity” (SGA) mean?
This means that you have worked and earned money during the time prior to your disability.
Substantial: Work that requires significant physical or mental activities.
Gainful: work that you do for pay or profit. $1040 or more per month (in 2013) is considered gainful. For blind persons, $1740 or more per month (in 2013) is considered gainful.
persons have different SGA requirements to satisfy.
What does “severe” mean? Severe means that your condition interferes with your ability to function independently, appropriately, effectively, and on a sustained basis.
Your condition is considered
it does not significantly limit your ability to do basic work activities.
These are the categories of common disabling conditions recognized by SSA:
The medical criteria required to demonstrate these disabling conditions are located in the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1. Ask your disability attorney to provide you with a copy of the medical criteria that is required for your specific disabling condition.
Durational Requirement: In addition to meeting the guidelines discussed above, your condition must be expected to last at least 12 consecutive months, or expected to end in death.
Do you have the mental or physical ability to perform the tasks required in previous jobs, despite your disabling condition? To determine this, you will:
Do you need help applying for Social Security Disability?
If you need help with the application or appeal of your Social Security Disability Claim, please contact Deborah Hardin at The Hardin Law Firm, PLC, or a licensed attorney in your state.
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