Social Security Disability

Social Security pays disability insurance benefits to those who have worked within the past few years who have a condition or set of conditions that leave them unable to work for at least 12 months. These conditions may have a sudden onset, such as a heart attack, or may develop slowly, such as rheumatoid arthritis that progresses until it leaves one unable to work. Disability can also be determined based on a combination of physical and mental conditions.


Social Security requires medical opinions regarding an applicant’s abilities and limitations that affect the ability to get and keep a job. Many doctors simply say their patients cannot work. Social Security needs more details, which is what Sue helps to document. In addition to medical records, Sue obtains educational and employment records to support claims.