Who qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance?

| Sep 5, 2020 | Social Security Disability |

There is an extensive list of injuries and illnesses that automatically qualify the injured applicant for SSDI. If a citizen’s impairment is on the list, they are generally acknowledged to be disabled somehow. It can be either a bodily system or a function.

Some common examples include:

  • Musculoskeletal problems like dysfunctions of the back, joints or bones.
  • Cardiovascular conditions like chronic heart failure or coronary artery disease.
  • Neurological disorders like epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease.
  • Mental disorders like depression, autism or epilepsy.
  • Immune system disorders like HIV/AIDS or kidney disease.

These and other disorders also apply to children.

Impairment not on the list?

There are certain criteria for impairments, even if they are not on the list. These include:

  • It must be recognized as a medical condition that has been the subject of study and laboratory testing.
  • It must limit a citizen’s residual functional capacity (RFC), with different physical exertion level metrics applied to various job descriptions because some jobs can still be done if there even if there is a disability.
  • RFC limitations can also be non-exertional, such as the use of hands, the inability to stand, anxiety, or environmental restrictions.

The injured citizen will need to provide recent medical documentation that involves disability. The documentation will need to show that the citizen is unable to perform typical work-related activities.

Attorneys can help with this process

The combination of medical jargon and governmental paperwork often makes applying for Social Security-related benefits confusing. It can lead to errors or misunderstandings during the application process or appeal. There are, however, law firms who specialize in representing clients applying for SSDI. They can protect the applicant’s rights and help with paperwork and deadlines and even provide knowledgeable guidance if there is a hearing.