Many people in Stockton and elsewhere in the Central Valley are aware of the federal benefit program known as Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, but they are uncertain about how the Social Security Administration determines permanent disability. The definition is not complex, and an understanding of the term may assist people who are uncertain about whether they qualify for benefits.
The first question is whether an applicant is employed. If a person is employed and earning more than $1,220 per month, that person cannot be considered disabled. The next question is how the condition prevents the applicant from performing basic work tasks, such as lifting, standing, walking, sitting and remembering. If the condition is not expected to last for at least 12 months, the application will be rejected.