There are numerous chronic illnesses that may be covered under Social Security disability. These conditions initially may not have been too severe, but over time they eventually became disabling. Such conditions can become acute with age or deteriorate over time. For instance, a worker may have had a previous back injury that has been aggravated over the years, and now working is very difficult or impossible. In this case, that individual may be eligible for disability benefits even though the original illness or injury was not disabling. Then there are the more severe injuries and illnesses that can expedite into chronic issues, like certain forms of cancers, congestive heart failure or late-stage kidney disease.
Since the Social Security Administration is a government organization, there are numerous qualifying rules and regulations. For an individual to receive Social Security disability benefits, you must have a physical or mental impairment that must prevent you from doing any substantial gainful work, and the disability must be expected to last, or have lasted for at least twelve months, or it must be expected to result in death.
However, working with Social Security and the courts to qualify for disability can be a difficult task. In proving your disabling condition, you will have to provide records from physicians or clinics where you have been treated. You will also need to prepare to get written statements from physicians, describing the medical condition that prevents you from working, and exactly how your limitations affect you.
The Social Security Administration maintains a list of medical condition that is so severe that they automatically mean that you are disabled (if you match requirements for these conditions). If your disabling condition is not on this list, the Social Security Administration will need to determine if it is of equal severity to a medical condition that is on their list. If it is on this list, the Social Security Administration will likely find that you are disabled.
The SSA has a link on their website where you can view the disabling conditions. For adult conditions, this listing includes disorders related to these issues: the musculoskeletal system, special senses and speech, respiratory, cardiovascular system, digestive system, genitourinary, hematological, skin, endocrine, congenital conditions that affect multiple body systems, neurological, mental, cancer (malignant neoplastic diseases) and the immune system.
For disabling conditions that may affect children, this listing also includes the above list but adds any disorders related to low birth weight and failure to thrive. If your condition is related to one or more of these conditions, it doesn’t mean that you will be declared disabled. There will be a review by the Social Security Administration to determine your eligibility for benefits.
You may need to contact an attorney that is knowledgeable and has a history of working on these types of cases. Working with an attorney that can advocate on your behalf is your best chance in getting the Social Security benefits that you deserve.