The reality is, with the ADA and workers' compensation the overwhelming majority of claims do not qualify as a “disability” under the definition set forth under the ADA.
The ADA defines "disability" as:
- A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity,
- A record of such an impairment, or
- Being regarded as having such an impairment. Impairments resulting from occupational injury may not be severe enough to substantially limit a major life activity, or they may be only temporary, non-chronic, and have little or no long term impact.