Social Security: Definition of Disability



To meet the definition of disability, the Social Security Administration will determine if the person is not able to engage in any substantial gainful activity (“SGA”) because of a medically-determinable physical or mental impairment(s) that will result in death or for a continuous period of at least twelve months.

Substancial Gainful Employment:  significant physical or mental activities or a combination of both.  For:

  • for pay or profit;
  • of a nature generally performed for pay or profit; or
  • intended for profit, whether or not a profit is realized.

The Social Security Administration  generally uses the earnings guidelines to evaluate whether your work activity is SGA.   If your impairment is anything other than blindness, earnings averaging over $1,130 a month (for the year 2016) generally demonstrate SGA.  They adjust the amount every year based on increases in the national average wage index.

The Morris Firm, (214)357-1782



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