What Constitutes as a Disability?
The law regarding disabilities is slightly complex, because basically a disability is anything that limits your movements, senses, or activities. A disability can be anything from having a part of your body paralyzed, to having a mental illness or disorder. Most disabilities must be recognized by the law in order to have an effect on you, and this is where disability hearings come in.
The hearing is a lot like a less formal court case, where someone will judge how debilitating your condition is and if you qualify for benefits. The judge will question you about your past, how you got the injury, and what it prevents you from doing. They ask these questions to get all the facts from you, and that way they can draw up the most benefits.
Then, you’ll have a disability lawyer speak on your behalf. Whatever Iowa disability lawyer was assigned to you before the proceeding will generally be there, and he or she will back up your statements, ask you questions, and give more information to the judge about your condition and how it stops you from living a normal life.
Other witnesses, such as doctors and vocational experts, will also testify. The vocational expert is basically an employment expert, and he’ll talk about your chances of getting a job with the disability in the current market.
Finally, once all the speaking is done, you’ll often receive a decision in the mail that states that you can apply for social security disability benefits. If the request is denied, you and your lawyer can still fight the claim, and go through the process again. Once you have the benefits, hopefully your life will become a bit easier, and you’ll be able to make ends meet while seeking to overcome your disability in other ways.