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Medical Conditions That Qualify for Disability

Leavitt Meunier Law LLC Sept. 7, 2023

Merely having a medical condition does not automatically qualify an individual for disability benefits. How severe a condition is, the impact on your ability to work, and other factors will be considered when evaluating your eligibility for disability benefits. It is also important to remember that requirements can change over time, so it is helpful to work with a qualified disability lawyer.

Understanding SSI Eligibility

When you have reason to believe your condition means you qualify for SSI eligibility, it would be in your best interest to contact a legal professional who focuses on disability law. The right lawyer will understand the list of qualifying disabilities for SSI eligibility and know what documentation is required for your situation. The Social Security disability lawyers at Leavitt & Meunier Law LLC can help you understand how to file for disability payments if your condition meets certain criteria.

What is the Blue Book and What Does it Do with Disability?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses the blue book to determine how serious a condition is and the potential impact on a person's life. The book is organized by body system (nervous, skeletal, etc.) and provides a list of qualifying disabilities for SSI eligibility. In addition, the book has information that explains what would be necessary to enable a person to file for disability payments under either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The proper name for the "Blue Book" is Disability Evaluation Under Social Security.

Common Medical Conditions that Qualify You for Disability

An extensive list of impairments may indicate someone meets the criteria for SSI eligibility. Here is a brief list of disabilities for SSI qualification:

Musculoskeletal diseases 

  • chronic pain disorders which can have an impact on mobility, including arthritis, certain back injuries, and other issues which may impair a person functioning normally are typically qualifying conditions.

Nervous system diseases 

  • those who are suffering from Parkinson's, epilepsy, or multiple sclerosis normally meet the threshold under the list of qualifying disabilities. An attorney can help you determine which paperwork is needed to apply for SSI successfully.

Severe respiratory diseases

  •  illnesses such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other serious respiratory issues can meet the guidelines found in the list of impairments covered by disability.

Sensory disorders

  •   if you are blind, deaf, or have other sensory impairments which impact your day-to-day life, it is possible that you will be qualified for SSI. The list of sensory impairments is extensive.

Immune system disorders

  •  victims who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or Grave's disease can seek compensation since these disorders appear on the covered list of impairments.

Chronic disease or disorders 

  • congestive heart failure, chronic heart disease, certain types of cancers, severe liver disease, Crohn's disease, end-stage renal disease, diabetes, and sickle cell disease, can all be found on the list of impairments that impact SSI eligibility.

Mental diseases and disorders 

  • bipolar, major depressive disorders, and schizophrenia are all included in the list of mental disorders which could qualify someone for SSI.

If you are uncertain as to whether your issue is on the list of qualifying disabilities for SSI, you should contact a qualified disability professional at Leavitt & Meunier Law, LLC for guidance. They can help you determine if your condition is on the list of disabilities for SSI.

If I Have a Qualifying Condition Do I Still Need to Apply?

If you have a qualifying condition, you still need to initiate the application process for SSI benefits. This process involves submitting detailed medical and financial information to SSA. The best way to do this is to count on a professional with SSI claims experience. While a qualifying condition may make you eligible, the process of getting benefits is not automatic.

Rely on the Professionals at Leavitt & Meunier Law LLC

Determining SSI eligibility is the first step in getting benefits. Every client deserves a strong representative when they are starting the SSI disability process. The more thorough the documentation supporting your claim, the more likely there will be fewer delays in the approval process. You can contact the disability professionals at Leavitt & Meunier Law, LLC, and schedule a free consultation. Our offices are conveniently located in Metairie, Louisiana.

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