Disabling impairments are diseases and injuries that are medically determinable and that last or are expected to last longer than 12 consecutive months. “Medically determinable” means that it has been confirmed by a licensed physician through physical examinations, objective testing, i.e. laboratory tests, x-rays, MRIs, and other diagnostic tools.
The second criteria is that the impairment must have, or is expected to last, longer than 12 consecutive months. This criterion is a reflection of the fact that Social Security benefits are designed for a “long term” disability. This is distinct from a disability of “short term” duration which may be eligible for benefits from a claimant’s state of residence.
A disabling impairment may arise from a disease, whether chronic, i.e. diabetes mellitus or hypertension, or acute, i.e. brain trauma. An injury, such as a torn knee ligament, may also lead to a disabling impairment. An impairment my be physical or psychiatric, or a combination.
Finally, a disabling impairment must also be sufficiently “severe” to cause a claimant more than a minimal limitation in performing basic work activity. In making this assessment, Social Security will consider a claimant’s any and all impairments, alone or in combination, work-related or not.
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