This is one of the most difficult issues in a Social Security disability case. You might look “normal,” but you know that there is no way that you can work.
If you tell someone that you are applying for Social Security, they may raise their eyebrows in surprise, or even tell you, “you don’t look disabled.”
When you applied for Social Security, the technician may even have given you a hard time because you seemed fine.
What most people do not understand is that not all disabilities are visible. You cannot tell who might be disabled just by looking at them.
People with bi-polar disorder or fibromyalgia may look fine, when you see them. However, unless you are a close friend, or a family member, you may not see this person on a bad day. And you have no idea that they have many more bad days than good days.
So, how do you prove that you are disabled when you don’t look it?
I won’t say that looks have no impact in a disability case, but Social Security decides cases based on medical evidence. If you have documentation of your medical or mental problems AND evidence that your condition prevents you from being able to work, you have a good chance of winning, even if you look fine.