Do You Qualify for Social Security Disability?
People who are considering an application for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits often have questions about whether their injury or disease qualifies them for benefits. Often, they have heard that the Social Security Administration has a list of disabilities that qualify for impairments, but there are many misconceptions about this list.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) does have a list of disabling conditions, but the process of qualifying for disability may not be exactly as you heard. At the Rochester, NY Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, our attorneys will explain what the listing of impairments does — and what it does not do.
Understanding Listed Impairments
Briefly, the SSA recognizes certain medical disorders as causing total disability. If you have one of these Social Security listed impairments at a certain level of severity and you meet other qualifications for disability, your claim is likely to be approved.
It’s important to remember that the list is not complete. If you have a disability that is not on the listing of impairments, you can still be approved for SSI and SSD benefits. In that case, you will need to prove that you are unable to work.
The Social Security’s impairment listing manual includes the following basic categories of impairments:
- Musculoskeletal disorders, including back, joint and spine problems or amputation
- Sense and speech impairments, including blindness, deafness, loss of speech
- Respiratory disorders, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea and lung disease
- Cardiovascular disorders, including chronic heart failure, heart disease and aneurysm
- Digestive disorders, including liver disease, bowel disease and chronic weight loss
- Genitourinary disorders, including reproductive and urinary disorders and kidney failure
- Hematological (blood) disorders, including anemia, sickle cell disease and hemophilia
- Skin disorders, including chronic infections, dermatitis and burns
- Endocrine disorders such as diabetes and thyroid disorders
- Multiple body system disorders such as Down syndrome
- Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis
- Mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and developmental delays
- Malignant neoplasms (cancer) such as skin cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer and bone cancer
- Immune system disorders, including HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
Our lawyers will make sure that your claim includes comprehensive evidence of your impairment. Without complete and compelling evidence of your disability, your case may be denied or delayed even if you have a listed impairment.
Contact an SSD Attorney
To learn more about how your medical condition may qualify you for SSD and SSI benefits, contact the Rochester, NY Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, today. Send us a message online or call 877.236.7366.
Our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that we will be paid only if we are successful in your case.