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Am I eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?

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If you are suffering from an ailment or injury in the state of California that affects your ability to carry out meaningful work, it is likely that you will be concerned about your financial future as well as your health. It is important to note that if you are a skilled professional who has paid taxes for many years and you are only now suffering from a condition that is disabling you, it is very likely that you will be able to claim disability benefits in order to help you through your time of not being able to work.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) lists all recognized conditions that make a person eligible for benefits in their official document called the Listing of Medical Impairments, informally known as the blue book. This document uses a great deal of medical language that is better understood by a medical professional.

In order to be sure about qualifying for benefits under the SSA, it is a good idea to speak to a medical professional about your condition first, since they will likely be able to help you with your social security disability benefits application.

What types of impairments are listed in the blue book?

Many types of impairments can qualify as eligible under the SSA. These impairments are broken down by bodily function in the blue book. However, the severity of the condition that you are suffering is likely to be the most relevant factor in determining your eligibility for social security disability benefits.

You may be able to claim benefits if you are suffering from issues relating to the bones and joints, speech and vision problems, trouble with breathing or conditions such as asthma, heart and blood conditions, immune system diseases, and mental issues. What is most important in the disability assessment phase is whether the disability that you are suffering from is severe enough to affect your ability to carry out your work efficiently.

It is important to know your rights as a worker who is suffering from a disability in the state of California. No one should have to suffer and struggle financially as they tend to the most important asset they have: their health.