Accessing Social Security Disability benefits can be a challenge. However, many rely on these benefits to pay essential monthly expenses. Understanding the application process for Social Security Disability benefits can help. Understanding the requirements for qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits can also help. Not all those who have a disability will qualify for these benefits. A person must have a qualifying disability.
What Conditions Automatically Qualify You for Disability?
First, it should be said that no condition will really automatically qualify you for disability. There are policies and procedures in place that you will still need to follow to qualify. There is also documentation you will need to provide to substantiate your benefits claim. You must be able to supply concrete medical evidence of any disabling condition you are claiming for benefits purposes. While no condition will necessarily automatically qualify you for disability, there are some that will work to expedite the process of receiving benefits.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines disability benefit eligibility based on the type of disabling condition and whether the condition affects the individual’s ability to have substantially gainful employment. The SSA lists qualifying conditions in its “Blue Book.” You may also have a qualifying condition even if it is not listed in the Blue Book. Furthermore, you may be eligible for expedited benefits under the Compassionate Allowances program. Should your disabling condition be one of the 88 listed as eligible for the Compassionate Allowances program, then the SSA will only require proof of your diagnosis in order to approve you for benefits. Because of the expedited attention these conditions merit, your benefits claim could be processed as quickly as a month of you applying.
Disabling conditions that make a person eligible for the Compassionate Allowances program include:
- Acute leukemia
- Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
- Stage IV breast cancer
- Gallbladder cancer
- Small cell lung cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
For anyone applying for Social Security disability, medical records will be of critical importance. You must be prepared to supply the appropriate medical records for your claim to be approved, regardless of the disabling condition. Additionally, the medical records must contain the right information. Should your physician fail to properly note important supporting details, your claim may be denied. If this is the case, you will receive a denial notice explaining why your claim was denied and you will have an opportunity to appeal the decision and provide the missing information. It will, however, lead to a somewhat lengthy delay of receiving benefits.
Social Security Disability Attorney
It is often the case that a disabled individual does not have a great deal of time to wait on benefits. The benefits are needed immediately and any delay is not only stressful but jeopardizes things like the ability to pay monthly bills. Roeschke Law is committed to serving our clients by helping them access these critical benefits. We have the knowledge and experience working with the Social Security system to navigate it in the most efficient way possible. Contact us today.