Understanding When a Medical Condition Qualifies for Disability Benefits

Any medical condition that limits your ability to work will qualify you for disability. Now just because you have a medical condition does not mean you are qualified for disability. The example I give is that statistics by some measures show that 85% of people who are 50 years or older have degenerative disc disease in their spine, but 85% of people who are 50 years or older are not disabled. Just because you have a diagnosis and just because you have a condition doesn’t mean that you are disabled. That is a separate process, a separate thing we have to evaluate. But having a condition – any condition, really – is the starting point. You have to have something that causes a limitation that prevents you from working.

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