Understanding Qualifying Conditions

When it comes to disability assistance, the Social Security Administration’s rules for eligibility may seem confusing. The Blue Book, the SSA’s published listing of potentially qualifying conditions, is not a guarantee to receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) payments.

Some impairments, such as certain cancers, are so serious that they require little more than a diagnosis to support an SSD claim. Other conditions require additional evidence to demonstrate their disabling impact upon an individual’s ability to work or perform daily functions.

At Stapleton Law Office, we understand the serious impact this has on your life. We want to seek justice for you.

Legal Definitions Of Disability

The SSA’s list of conditions is organized by bodily systems. Categories include musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive tract, neurological, blood, mental and immune system disorders. For each condition, the SSA will look for certain medical records and documented treatments from specific medical professionals.

Evidence Needed To Support Your SSD Claim

The intersection of law and medicine is not precise, which is why an attorney can alert you to the types of documentation that the SSA will find persuasive in your submitted application. This evidence often starts with diagnostic evidence, such as MRI or CAT scans, X-rays and blood work panels. Ideally, a physician’s or mental health professional’s examination notes and reports will interpret and explain these tests.

Get Answers To Your SSD Questions Today

If your initial SSD application is unsuccessful, there are options to appeal. However, these appeal procedures require additional time and expense, with statistically smaller odds of success. We recommend presenting the most thorough initial SSD application possible.

When you seek our counsel, we will take the time to listen to your story and understand how a condition has impacted your life. We can help you submit an SSD application that is supported by persuasive evidence. Take the first step toward getting the disability compensation you need. Call us toll free at 888-809-6135 or reach out online for a free initial consultation.