§ 180. Disability Benefits - Disability Determination - In General


The Social Security Act has both a general definition of disability and a specific definition of blindness as a disability. The general definition of disability requires the claimant to show a medically determinable physical or mental impairment. That impairment must be expected to result in death or to last for at least 12 months. This definition combines both medical and vocational components.

See generally SSA, Disability Evaluation Under Social Security; Disability Starter Kits.


  • Related Sections:
    • Part 1
      § 170. Disability Benefits - In General
      § 172. Disability Benefits - Amount
      § 173. Disability Benefits - Relationship to Prior or Subsequent Benefits Received by Worker
      § 174. Disability Benefits - Benefits for Others That Are Linked To
      § 181. Disability Benefits - Disability Determination - Procedure Employed
      § 182. Disability Benefits - Disability Determination - End of Disability
      § 190. How Disability Affects Non-Disability Benefits
    • Part 2
      § N 100. Disabled Worker Claiming Disability Insurance
      § N 200. SSI Disability Benefit Claim
      § N 600. Claim Resting on Initial Finding of Disability
      § N 700. Claim Focusing on When Person Became Disabled
      § N 800. Issues of Terminating Disability Benefits - In General
      § P 000. Overall Treatment of Burden of Proof and Evidence
      § P 100. Duration of Disability
      § P 200. Claimant Engaged in Substantial Gainful Activity - In General
      § P 300. Threshold Test of Severity
      § P 400. Listed Impairment or Equivalent
      § P 500. Claimant's Ability to Perform Past Relevant Work
      § P 600. Application of Medical/Vocational Guidelines (Grid) - In General
      § P 620. Claimant's Residual Functional Capacity
      § P 710. Mental Impairment, Psychological Problems
      § P 720. Mental Retardation, Limited I.Q.
      § P 730. Impaired Vision, Blindness
      § P 740. Pain or Other Subjective Complaints
      § P 750. Alcoholism or Drug Addiction
      § P 760. Multiple or Combined Impairments
      § P 800. Issues of Medical Evidence - In General
      § P 900. Establishing the Availability of Work Claimant Can Perform - In General
      § Q 700. Effect of Claimant's Being Confined to an Institution