Qualifying for Social Security disability insurance is the first step in receiving compensation for your medical condition. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits to people who cannot work because of their disability. The federal government has standardized the criteria used to determine your eligibility throughout the United States. An experienced Chicago Social Security disability attorney knows that the SSA does not approve all applicants.
Medical Conditions that Qualify for SSDI
The SSA maintains a list of medical conditions that automatically qualify you for social security disability insurance (SSDI). Administrators know it as the “Listing of Medical Impairments.” Conditions that automatically qualify for SSDI may have a better chance of being approved.
In general, if the book lists your condition, you are eligible for benefits. Conditions not listed are sometimes eligible for other SSA programs. Your consideration is contingent upon factors that determine if you meet the criteria.
At this point, some people hire a licensed Illinois SSDI attorney to provide representation during the application process. Having the lawyer mitigates the risk of having to go through the appeals process. In short, you have the best chance for consideration during the application and court hearings process.
SSDI Approval for Conditions Not Listed
Medical conditions may still qualify for SSDI even if your medical condition doesn’t appear in the Listing of Impairments. There are three qualifying criteria to meet in order to receive approval. You must be able to prove that you have:
- a medically determinable impairment
- limitations to your residual functional capacity
- limitations to your non-exertional capacity
Medically determinable impairments are the clinically observable characteristics of your condition. Your condition is diagnosable through clinical and lab tests. The reports generated by your doctor are the foundation of your assertions.
Limitations to residual functional capacity (RFC) describe how much you can exert yourself. The goal is to determine the most rigorous activity you can handle. From lying in bed to heavy exercise, the SSA examiner uses this information in determining your eligibility.
The limitations of non-exertional residual capacity speak to more subtle symptoms of your condition. The claims examiner studies your ability to perform everyday tasks. He or she considers your overall mental health and environmental restrictions the assessment.
Hire an Illinois SSDI Attorney to Represent You
An Illinois-licensed SSDI attorney offers clients the best chance to navigate the legal system. Plus, he or she knows how to communicate your situation in a manner that makes sense to SSA administrators or judges. If you are thinking about hiring someone, the legal team at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, LTD. is hoping you consider our firm. You can schedule a free, no-obligation by calling us at (312) 800-8000 or by submitting our contact form. We look forward to learning more about your case.