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Conditions that can qualify you for SSD benefits

More than 60 years ago, the Social Security Disability Insurance program began its mission of helping workers who are disabled by illness or injury. It is difficult to apply for benefits and then obtain approval for SSD benefits because of the narrow definition of “disability” in the Social Security Act that was made into law in 1956.

The Social Security Administration says on its website that “because the Act defines disability so strictly, Social Security disability beneficiaries are among the most severely impaired in the country.” In this installment of our Raleigh law blog, we’re going to take a look at some of the medical conditions that can qualify people for needed benefits that include monthly compensation and medical care.

Provided that certain application conditions are met, there are some medical situations that all but assure the applicant of approval. The Social Security Administration’s “Listing of Medical Impairments” includes the following:

  • Mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and others
  • Cardiovascular conditions, including chronic heart failure, coronary artery disease
  • Respiratory issues, including asthma and cystic fibrosis
  • Loss of vision or hearing
  • Neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy

There are also musculoskeletal issues, digestive tract problems, blood disorders and serious immune system conditions that are likewise on this important list. It’s important to note a couple of things here, however:

  • You can still qualify for SSD benefits even if your condition is not on the list
  • Even if your medical issue is on the list, you must meet qualifying conditions

Those qualifying conditions include providing medical evidence such as doctors’ exams, test results, treatment documentation, physicians’ diagnoses, mental health records and so on.

To learn more about your options, contact a Raleigh attorney experienced in helping clients obtain needed and deserved SSD benefits.

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