For those who suffer from a debilitating injury or illness, Social Security Disability benefits are a necessity. Unfortunately, however, not all disabled people are eligible for such benefits, and even those who qualify are sometimes denied for unjust reasons. Therefore, if you suffer from a medical condition that renders you unable to work, please review the information below and contact a Social Security disability benefits attorney for assistance.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has identified 14 conditions that automatically qualify an individual for Social Security Disability benefits as long as certain other requirements are met. These conditions are:
- Skin disorders
- Endocrine disorders
- Congenital disorders that affect multiple body systems
- Neurological disorders
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Special senses and speech conditions
- Respiratory disorders
- Cardiovascular issues
- Digestive tract problems
- Genitourinary disorders
- Hematological disorders
- Mental disorders
- Immune system disorders
Even if an individual cannot successfully demonstrate that he or she has one of the conditions above, he or she may still receive approval for benefits if the disabling condition is equal in duration and severity to one of the above conditions. This can be done by demonstrating that:
- A health issue exists that is related to one of the above impairments, making it medically equal to the criteria established by the Social Security Administration
- Although the impairment isn’t listed above, it is similar or equal in severity to one of these conditions
- When combined, the effects of an individual’s impairments make them medically equal to at least one of the impairments listed above.
As noted above, the existence of a qualifying impairment alone isn’t enough to qualify an individual for Social Security disability benefits. Rather, an individual who suffers from a qualifying condition must also meet certain technical requirements. In order for an individual with a qualifying condition to be granted Social Security disability benefits, he or she must demonstrate the following:
- He or she is a United States citizen or qualifying alien
- He or she has the required number of work credits. (This requirement varies depending on a variety of factors.)
- He or she meets certain income and asset requirements
Finally, any disabled individual who is over the age of 65 and legally blind can qualify for certain disability benefits. However, regardless of your condition, you should contact a qualified disability benefits attorney as soon as possible for assistance.
Contact our Birmingham, Alabama Social Security disability benefits attorney
At Cox & Stansberry, we understand the immense challenges that come with living with a disability or recovering from a personal injury. We’re not just here to offer legal support; we’re here to be your compassionate ally as you navigate this difficult time. Our dedicated team, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is committed to helping clients not only in our local community but across the United States. Let’s take the first step together towards securing the benefits you rightfully deserve—reach out to our office today for a heartfelt consultation.