The Social Security Administration has strict rules concerning the medical conditions that qualify a person for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. It wants to see objective medical evidence of a disabling condition or illness such as a doctor's diagnosis, supporting symptoms as entered into the medical record, MRI's, CT scans, X-rays, and laboratory tests.
Don't Give Up Hope
For people who are unable to work due to a disability or illness, it can seem puzzling when the Social Security Administration denies their disability claims. If your claim has been denied, don't give up hope. A majority of all cases are denied at the initial application state. You may still be able to get the benefits you need and deserve. Every case that goes before an ALJ has been denied. The process is designed so that each claimant has the opportunity to present his or her claim to a non-biased judge who works independent of the state agency that originally denied the claim. The ALJ takes a "fresh look" at the cases that go to hearing.
Call Southeast Disability Advocates today at 800-789-4345 for a free consultation with a lawyer. We have helped thousands of people obtain SSDI and SSI benefits — and we want to help you.
Qualifying For Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a list of impairments that qualified a person for SSDI or SSI benefits. If your diagnosis is on that list, and your objective medical evidence establishes that you meet all of the criteria for a listed impairment you can be approved without meeting the 12 month duration requirement. Otherwise, you must establish by objective medical evidence that your impairments, and resulting limitations "equal" the severity of a listed impairment. Any "medically determinable physical or mental impairment" that prevents or is expected to prevent a person from working for a period of 12 months or that will lead to death can qualify a person for disability benefits.
Some of the many conditions that can qualify a person include:
- Neck and back injuries
- Brain injuries
- Heart disease and cardiovascular problems
- Respiratory diseases
- Digestive System
- Genitourinary Impairments
- Hematological Disorders
- Skin Disorders
- Endocrine Disorders
- Impairments That Affect Multiple Body Systems
- Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
- Immune System Disorders
- Mental disorders and illnesses
- Manic depressive disorder
There are many more qualifying conditions and illnesses.
Keys To Success
It is not enough to simply present a doctor's diagnosis. The focus is on the ability to work, not on the diagnosis. Therefore, it is important to document a person's mental and physical limitations as evidenced and supported by the medical record and other documentation.
The founder of our firm, attorney Bruce Haught, has been helping people obtain SSDI and SSI benefits since 1993 and has handled thousands of cases. He understands the criteria used by SSA to evaluate disability claims and how to gather the evidence needed to prove his clients' continuing limitations. When representing you, our goal will be to help you qualify for the benefits you need and deserve.
Contact A Lawyer Or Representative
Headquartered in Destin, Southeast Disability Advocates represents people in Florida, Alabama and Hawaii.
Call us at 800-789-4345 or send an email to schedule a free consultation.