Look down your Raleigh street at your neighbors. None of them want to one day be disabled, but the reality for millions of Americans each year is that either illness or injury will prevent them from working.
According to the federal government’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), neuropsychiatric issues are the leading cause of disease or disorder that results in disability. These problems include mood disorders such as depression, anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder.
NIH lists cardiovascular and circulatory diseases second, followed by neoplasms (abnormal growths such as tumors) and then musculoskeletal disorders. That last item is, of course, familiar to many in our area. It includes disabling physical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus and perhaps the most common of all: lower back pain.
Next on NIH’s list is another familiar ailment that can far too often become disabling: diabetes. The American Diabetes Society says on its website that both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can disable people. The nonprofit organization adds that the condition can qualify a person for Social Security Disability benefits, but that “there must be serious problems with diabetes in order to get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).”
Whenever someone applies for Social Security Disability benefits, they must present medical documentation supporting their claim. In fact, the leading reason people are denied SSDI is that the documentation they provide is inadequate.
If your initial disability claim has been denied, talk to a Raleigh law firm familiar with the paperwork, processes and proof required for SSDI approval.