The federal government provides disability payments to some citizens if they are disabled to the point where they cannot perform the necessary functions of a job. There is a very detailed and specific set of criteria the Social Security Administration uses to assess a candidate’s application.
The primary way to qualify is to do so under one of fourteen “listings.” These listings are essentially different types or categories of diseases and disorders. The Social Security Administration has developed the following categories, or listings:
– Musculoskeletal disorders
– Mental disorders
– Neurological disorders
– Cardiovascular disorders
– Immune system disorders
– Special senses and speech disorders
– Respiratory system disorders
– Digestive system disorders
– Genitourinary disorders
– Skin disorders
– Endocrine disorders
– Hematological disorders
– Congenital disorders that affect multiple body systems
– Malignant neoplastic disorders
Each listing contains several different diseases and disorders. So, just because you do not see your specific disease in a listing does not necessarily mean that the disease or disorder is not benefit-eligible. For example, an applicant may qualify for benefits under the “Immune System Disorders” listing if they suffer from any of the following:
– Systemic Sclerosis
– Connective Tissue Disorder
– Inflammatory Arthritis
– HIV/AIDS (in certain cases)
– Immune Deficiency Disorders
In addition, each disease or disorder in a listing has a different set of criteria that an applicant must meet in order to qualify for disability payments. Generally, these criterion are related to the duration and severity of the disease or disorder. In some cases, there may be additional requirements as well.
In all cases, an applicant must have thorough documentation of the diagnosis and treatment history of their disease or disorder. If a diagnosis is missing and testing must be performed to prove that an applicant suffers to the extent required to be benefit eligible, testing must be conducted at the applicant’s expense. In other words, the Social Security Administration will not pay for testing to then prove benefit eligibility.
Considering Applying for Disability?
If you are suffering from an immune system disorder, or any other disease or disorder that prevents you from working, or makes it very difficult to do so, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. To get a better understanding of the process, and see if your specific disease or disorder is covered, you should consult with an attorney.
For over 35 years, Attorney Ted Smith has represented many disabled persons seeking to obtain Social Security disability benefits. The disability application process can be complex and drawn out. It is best to have someone by your side who has done this before. Click here, or call 317-280-8863 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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