The duration of your injury is one of the defining factors of whether or not your Social Security disability claim continues to move through the determination process. Even if your impairment is severe, a successful application must also provide comprehensive and convincing documentation related to the duration of your impairment.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) measures duration by taking both the severity and length of your injury into consideration. The evidence and testimony provided both in documentation and in answers to inquiries at a disability determination hearing, factor heavily in whether you have a chance to qualify for disability benefits.

The SSA specifies the following criteria when determining adequate duration:

  • Expectation that the injury will eventually result in death
  • The disability has lasted over a year or is expected to last over a year

The concept of duration is also an important factor in two other components of the disability evaluation process performed by the SSA to determine the acceptance or denial of claims. These segments are vocational history and residual function.

Medical and Vocational Considerations

In an effort to gauge whether or not an applicant may still be able to work in some capacity, an applicant’s previous education and work experience are considered in tandem with his or her age and the severity of the impairment.

Residual Functional Capacity

You may have a severe accident injury, but if you are physically and mentally able to work in any position that you held in the last 15 years, you are not eligible for disability.

for your disability is an important factor in whether or not your claim is accepted. You may want to make sure that you complete your paperwork properly by consulting a professional experienced in Social Security disability claims.