Alternate Ways to Be Approved for Social Security Disability
If you are unable to work at your job because of a medical condition, you may need Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) only approves applicants who can demonstrate that they have a medical affliction that is severe enough to prevent them from working. This is easier said than done since the application process can be difficult and lengthy. Read on to learn about a few ways to get around the medical condition requirement.
The Social Security Blue Book
Within the so-called blue book are requirements for all covered illnesses and conditions. Not only are the afflictions listed, but other requirements as well. For instance, it's not enough that you are diagnosed with heart failure, must show that you've been treated by a doctor and you've had the right diagnostic tests performed.
Equaling a Disability
If your condition is not specifically listed or you don't meet all the requirements, you may still be able to get benefits. The SSA recognizes that new disorders are emerging and that an applicant's state of health is unique. That is why the SSA provides applicants with three other ways to qualify for benefits.
The SSA may evaluate your medical condition based on a condition that is not the same but similar. You may, for instance, have a rare type of cancer that is not listed but it's similar to leukemia. If you can show that you are affected by your cancer in a way that is just like that of leukemia, you might be approved.
A Cluster of Conditions
Some people have a general breakdown in several body systems that can be just as debilitating, if not more so, than that of a single, serious disorder. For example, if you have heart problems, you might also have kidney failure and be extremely fatigued all the time. Even if your heart problem is not severe enough to qualify on its own, your overall state of health is still compromised enough to qualify.
If you meet most of the requirements but not completely, the SSA may still approve your application if you can show that you are too sick to work at your job.
As you can see, qualifying for SSDI can be a complex ordeal. Many applicants deserve benefits but most get turned down anyway. Fortunately, you are entitled to an appeal and you can even use some of your back pay to pay your Social Security disability lawyer to help you get approved. Find out how you can get the benefits you need by contacting a social security disability law firm today.