What are Disabling Conditions?
In their impairment listing manual, the Social Security Administration identifies a condition as being “disabling” if it is severe enough for a person to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits as a result of having that condition. In addition to this, the individual’s condition needs to be severe enough that it can prevent them from “gaining substantial employment.”
It is possible for a person to apply for and receive benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income programs with or without a Compassionate Allowance if they are suffering from one of the listed conditions.
The idea of a disabling condition refers to circumstances in which a person sustains an injury that renders them unable to continue working. It’s not just that you can’t go back to your regular job; for a certain amount of time, you won’t be able to go back to any job at all.
In addition, the disabling condition cannot have been brought on by the employment setting. If a worker is injured on the job, they should be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits rather than Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits.
The Social Security Administration has compiled a list of some of the most common conditions that are regarded as being so debilitating that they render a person unable to engage in gainful employment in a document known as the “Blue Book.”
There are 88 conditions listed in the Blue Book that will automatically qualify you for benefits; however, there are certainly other conditions that warrant benefits as well. The most important question to ask yourself is always whether or not you can maintain profitable employment.
Dealing With the Social Security Disability Process
When you sustain an injury that will keep you out of commission for an extended period of time, you are going to require assistance during your rehabilitation, particularly when it comes to finances.
The process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits is known to be difficult, demoralizing, and time-consuming for everyone. Numerous people have firsthand knowledge of these aspects of the application process. In addition, the dreadful reapplication process that follows a series of ongoing hearings and/or rejections of legitimate claims can be a real pain to deal with. Here is where the assistance of a Social Security Disability attorney can be of great assistance.
When you are no longer receiving a regular paycheck to pay your bills and take care of the requirements of your family, there are a lot of things you need to think about. It is a terrifying thought! There are a great many things that will, in a short amount of time, become unclear.
One of the most important things to do right away is to educate yourself, as well as any dependents in your family and personal business partners, about the steps and time commitments involved in the process of obtaining assistance. You are going to need to gather evidence of both your condition and how it prevents you from continuing at your current job or looking for new gainful employment.
Contact an Attorney to Assist With Your Application
When filing for disability, you need an experienced attorney who is familiar with the process of disability hearings.
If you are properly represented during the application process, you will have a much better chance of being approved for the benefits you require sooner. According to statistics, individuals who choose to represent themselves in a legal proceeding have a lower chance of success compared to applicants who have experienced representation on their side.
Consult with an attorney who handles cases of this nature if you are unsure how to get started or if you require assistance with the application process.
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