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When is a Medical Condition “Severe” for Disability Eligibility

Social Security looks at your severe medical conditions in deciding your disability claim.  Deciding what conditions are severe is step two of the five step disability process. Over time Social Security has changed its view on what counts as severe.  Now the rule is almost a formality.  If a medical condition has even a minimal […]

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The One Year Durational Requirement

The “duration” requirement is one of the fundamental rules of Social Security Disability Law.  The Agency’s regulations state, “Unless your impairment is expected to result in death, it must have lasted or must be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.”  20 C.F.R. § 404.1509. Social Security defines “disability” as […]

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