The term disability is sometimes hard to define. There are several definitions depending upon which law you are talking about. Let's talk briefly about Social Security.
If you are totally disabled, and can't work at any job then you might be able to receive Social Security Disability benefits.
Under Social Security, the definition of disability is:
1. A physical or mental condition that;
2. Prevents you from engaging in any substantial gainful activity; and that
3. Will last for over one year or will result in death.
You can see that the definition requires that you are unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity. So, if you are disabled from your regular job, but can do a light duty job, then you are not disabled under that defintion.
If you are disabled and need help applying for Social Security Disability benefits contact The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.