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Qualifying Health Conditions for SSDI

Allen, TX Social Security disability attorneys for qualifying health conditions

Lawyers Helping People With Physical Impairments and Mental Illnesses Receive Social Security Disability Benefits in Plano

There are a variety of health issues that may cause a person to be unable to obtain work and earn enough income to be able to support themselves. Those who have worked and paid Social Security taxes in the past may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) if they have experienced a disability that has prevented them from working for at least one year. However, to qualify for SSDI, a person's health issues must be considered severe enough to be disabling.

At the Law Offices of Coats & Todd, we understand the laws, policies, and procedures that affect Social Security disability cases, and we know what types of health conditions will qualify a person to receive disability benefits. When applying for SSDI, we can help you provide information to show that your condition has caused you to be disabled, and if necessary, we can help you appeal the denial of disability benefits. We will fight to make sure you receive the financial resources you need.

Disabling Health Conditions

When a person applies for Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will first determine if their condition is included in the Listing of Impairments (commonly known as the "Blue Book"). This listing details conditions that are considered to be disabling. If a person's condition is included in the listing, they will automatically qualify for disability benefits. If a condition is not included in the listing, it may be considered a disability if it is equivalent to a condition in the listing or if the person can provide evidence showing that their condition has prevented them from engaging in substantial gainful activity.

Health conditions that may allow a person to qualify for SSDI include:

  • Asthma and COPD - Respiratory disorders may be considered disabling if they affect a person's ability to breathe and process oxygen, resulting in complications such as hospitalization.
  • Back Pain and Back Injuries - Disabling disorders that affect the back and spine may include scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or herniated discs.
  • Cancer - Multiple different forms of cancer may result in disabilities, including when treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy cause health issues that affect a person's ability to work.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Repetitive stress injuries may affect a person's wrists and hands, and the inability to perform fine motor skills may cause a person to be unable to work.
  • Cerebral Palsy - This developmental disorder may be related to brain injuries, and it can affect a person's ability to move their limbs, walk, and maintain balance, as well as their speech, hearing, and vision.
  • Crohn's Disease - This digestive disorder involves inflammation of the intestinal tract, and it can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort, as well as additional health complications such as malnutrition, weight loss, anemia, and chronic fatigue.
  • Diabetes - This disease affects the body's ability to produce insulin, which can result in problems affecting a person's metabolism and digestion.
  • Hearing Impairment - People who suffer hearing loss may be considered disabled if they have difficulty recognizing words and speech.
  • Lupus - This immune disorder can affect multiple organs and bodily systems, resulting in respiratory or cardiovascular issues, as well as seizures, mood disorders, and severe fatigue.
  • Mental Illness - Multiple types of mental health issues may cause a person to be considered disabled, including bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Multiple Sclerosis - This degenerative disorder affects the brain and spinal cord, and it can cause impairments to a person's balance, coordination, muscle strength, and vision.
  • Vision Impairment - Blindness or other disorders that affect a person's visual functions may cause a person to be considered disabled.

Contact a McKinney Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you have a health condition that has affected your ability to earn an income and support yourself and your family, the Law Offices of Coats & Todd can help you determine whether you are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance. We will work with you to help you receive the benefits you need, and we will not charge any fees unless you collect benefits from Social Security. Contact us today at 972-671-9922 to schedule a consultation.

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