Injuries and Disabilities That Qualify for Benefits
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The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers various benefits programs to individuals with qualifying medical conditions. It is common for people to believe they qualify for Social Security benefits only to have their claims denied on medical grounds. At Gade & Parekh, LLP, our team believes in providing our clients with as much information as possible so they can better understand the Social Security benefits claim process and approach it with greater confidence.
If you intend to file a claim for Social Security benefits, it is vital to know how injuries and medical conditions qualify for benefits under Social Security laws and regulations. It is natural to have many questions as you approach the claim process. The attorneys at Gade & Parekh, LLP, have more than 40 years of combined experience handling Social Security benefits claims. We know how to prove that you are eligible to receive benefits and provide the legal counsel you need to navigate the claim process more successfully.
Qualifying Disabilities and Medical Conditions
The SSA has strict eligibility requirements for disability benefits. To obtain Social Security disability benefits, you must meet the SSA’s criteria for disability by first showing that you have a “severe” medical impairment. A “severe” impairment is an impairment or combination of impairments that significantly limits your physical or mental abilities to perform basic work activities.
The disability attorneys at Gade & Parekh, LLP have extensive experience working with clients who have a wide range of medical issues, physical and mental, which prevent them from maintaining full-time employment. We have extensive knowledge in understanding medical conditions and identifying the necessary medical evidence needed to win your case.
We have represented individuals with medical conditions such as:
- Musculoskeletal injuries and disabilities. This can include joint problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, orthopedic fractures, and medical conditions resulting from leg, knee, hip, ankle, shoulder, back, and neck injuries. We have also handled claims for musculoskeletal neuropathies and repetitive motion injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system.
- Sensory processing conditions and disabilities. This includes any impairment of the senses, such as hearing or vision loss, the requirement of cornea implants, loss of speech, vision problems from cataracts, chronic tinnitus, and other sensory conditions.
- Respiratory conditions. These include any medical condition affecting the lungs, such as respiratory failure, lung transplants, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma.
- Cardiovascular problems. These include medical conditions of the heart and circulatory systems, such as congestive heart failure, aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease, chronic venous insufficiency, congenital heart disease, and deep venous thrombosis.
- Gastrointestinal disorders, such as inflammatory bowel syndrome, chronic liver disease, liver transplant, or gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.
- Genitourinary disorders like nephrotic syndrome or chronic kidney disease.
- Blood disorders. These can include bone marrow disorders, thrombosis and hemostasis, sickle cell disease, thalassemia, and various other hematological diseases and conditions.
- Endocrine disorders. These include conditions affecting the various gland systems of the body such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus, hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, pancreatic disorders, adrenal gland disorders, pituitary gland disorders, diabetic ketoacidosis, and thyroid conditions.
- Skin conditions, including severe burns, ichthyosis, dermatitis, skin sensitivity disorders, bullous diseases, chronic skin infections, or skin conditions resulting from congenital or hereditary disorders.
- Immune system disorders, such as scleroderma, inflammatory arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis, mixed connective tissue disorder, systemic vasculitis, Sjogren’s syndrome, and HIV.
- Neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord disorders, Huntington’s disease, stroke, cerebral palsy, occipital neuralgia, cerebrovascular injury, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, or neuropathy, including peripheral neuropathy.
- Mental disorders, including schizoaffective conditions, psychotic disorders, explosive personality disorders, autism spectrum disorder, neurocognitive disorders, somatic symptom disorders, eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa, impulse-control disorders, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and trauma-related mental conditions.
- Cancer of the bladder, prostate, breasts, testicles, thyroid, lungs, stomach, pancreas, skin, or other parts of the body. Leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and melanoma also qualify.
- Other conditions including Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, and sleep apnea.
If you or a loved one has one or more of these conditions, or another severe medical impairment not listed here, you may qualify for Social Security benefits. If you intend to file a claim for benefits with the SSA, you must know what you need to submit with your claim, what to expect from the claim review process, and the value an experienced California disability attorney can add
How Can My Attorney Help?
Filing a claim with the SSA for benefits is more complex than most people realize. First, you must provide information and medical records from your primary physician and any specialists who have treated you. Hiring an experienced California disability attorney before filing your claim can significantly increase your chance of securing a positive result. Your attorney will know what information you will need for your claim to succeed.
If you file your claim for benefits and the SSA denies it, your California disability attorney can help you navigate the appeals process. The SSA may deny your claim on medical or nonmedical grounds. If they deny it on medical grounds, they will reconsider your claim if you file an appeal. Your attorney can obtain necessary medical evidence and help you gather other documentation you may need to have your claim approved.
Find Your Attorney Today
It is best to consult with an attorney before filing a claim with the SSA. This will increase your claim’s chance of success and minimize the possibility of facing difficult denial and appeal proceedings.
When you are searching for the best California disability attorney, contact our firm. We stand behind our clients from start to finish to ensure they get the SSA help they need. We also have the experience to ensure your case gets the best possible resolution. The attorneys at Gade & Parekh, LLP, have more than 40 combined years of experience helping clients navigate the SSA claims process. We can put this experience to work in your case and help you and your family secure the Social Security benefits you need. Contact us today for more information about how our firm can assist you.