What Is Evidence of a Total Disability?

Does Your Disability Prevent You From Working?

Are you wondering whether your medical condition, or combination of medical conditions, has reached the point of total disability for purposes of Social Security disability (SSD) or SSI benefits?

At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, we can help you determine whether you are legally disabled from working. Contact us to set up a free consultation with a knowledgeable lawyer. We serve SSD and SSI clients in Buffalo,  Syracuse, and throughout western, central and upstate New York.

Exploring Both Options for Proving Your Disability

Before you can qualify for any type of SSD benefits, we will need to show that you have a total disability — that is, that you are completely unable to work. There are two ways you can demonstrate total disability to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

  • Meet the criteria for a listed impairment. If we can show that you have one of these specific medical conditions at a certain level of severity, you will be considered totally disabled from working. This is based on the medical evidence that has been built up over the years regarding certain specific types of disability.
  • Show that your functional limitations keep you from working. Your medical condition may make is so you are unable to do certain things, like lift more than X pounds or concentrate for more than Y minutes. If we can prove those limitations and prove that they prevent you from doing a job, you will be considered totally disabled.

Our attorneys are not in the habit of putting all our eggs in one basket. We will collect all available evidence in support of either of these pathways toward showing that you are totally disabled, and we will present both sets of arguments to the SSA if applicable.

Assembling the Evidence to Support Your Claim

Evidence of total disability is largely established through medical records and doctors’ opinions. Our firm will work with your doctor to make sure your records are complete, providing as much support as possible for your disability claim.

In many cases, it is necessary to show that a combination of several limitations prevents you from working. Our attorneys will document every relevant factor in your case. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss what we can do to gather evidence in support of your claim.