Getting Social Security Disability: Working vs. Your Chosen Job

October 19, 2015

It is a popular misconception that if you can no longer do your particular job, then you can apply for Social Security Disability benefits. But obtaining SSD benefits is not always about being unable to do the job you had; it’s about being unable to do any kind of work at all.

For example: say you worked in construction in Philadelphia, and you developed a back injury that no longer allows to pick up heavy objects. As long as you can do other kinds of work – say, using a forklift, or working on a computer in the company’s main office – you probably won’t be able to collect Social Security Disability benefits.

But if you were hit by a SEPTA bus, and now you suffer from blurry vision and a back injury that makes it difficult for you to walk at all, then you might be able to collect SSD benefits. This is because the blurry vision would make it virtually impossible to drive a car, to read a computer screen or to operate heavy machinery, and the back injury which has taken your mobility would make it difficult if not impossible to move around. Furthermore, these types of injuries might make it very difficult to find work of any kind outside of the construction industry, too.

Social Security Disability is not the same as unemployment

In fact, it could be very hard to win a case for SSD benefits if you are collecting unemployment benefits. Unemployment is for people who cannot find work; not for people who cannot do work. By filing for unemployment, you are basically saying that you are still able to work in some capacity.

In order to prove that you really do need SSD benefits, you need to see a doctor who can attest to:

  • What condition you have
  • When you developed the condition and potential reasons for that condition
  • How this medical condition will affect or limit the activities you perform
  • Whether or not the condition is expected to last for at least a year
  • Whether or not the condition you have could be terminal
  • What kinds of tests were used to diagnose the condition
  • What kinds of treatment options are available for you specifically in regards to the condition

Your medical records are a crucial part of the Disability application process. Without them, it may be impossible to obtain SSD.

Larry Pitt & Associates has helped people just like you obtain the compensation they need in order to live. To make an appointment with an experienced Philadelphia Social Security Disability lawyer, please contact one of our multiple offices serving clients in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.