Posted 2/14/2018 9:14 AM (GMT -6)
In the states to eligible for Social Security Disability the condition must render a person totally disabled for at least 12 months, if not permanently. Totally disabled means you cannot perform any type of gainful employment, not just the current job you work in. They have vocational experts that evaluate your illness & they look to see what other jobs are available in the work force that a person can perform within their disability. The best thing is go online to SSA.gov, this is where you will find the correct info.. Your dr must be behind you 500% percent too. It is a long lengthy process, waiting 2 years for a hearing before a judge is not uncommon at all even with an atty. Many years ago I read that something like 83% of claims were denied in the beginning. A lot of people would not appeal the decision or hire an atty.
If you have short term disability & long term through your employer, this would be the best route to take because you would receive some pay while off. You can apply for FLMA, however, time off is unpaid. I am not aware of any short term disability offered in the US.