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Everyone deserves to have the financial resources they need to support themselves. While most people are able to maintain employment, there are many people who have health issues that affect their income-earning capacity. Those who have serious health conditions may qualify for disability benefits provided by Social Security. However, applying for these types of disability benefits can be a complicated process, and a person will need to provide evidence showing that their condition has lasted for at least one year and has made it impossible for them to earn enough money to support themselves.

Any mistakes made during the disability application process can result in benefits being delayed or denied. To ensure success during this process, it is crucial to work with an attorney who understands the eligibility requirements that a person will need to meet, the types of evidence that will need to be provided, and the steps that will need to be taken to secure disability benefits. At the Law Offices of Coats & Todd, we focus exclusively on Social Security disability cases, and we advocate tirelessly on behalf of our clients, helping them obtain the financial assistance they need. With more than 60 combined years of experience, our lawyers know the best ways to ensure success in disability applications and appeals.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits in McKinney

To be considered disabled, a person must have a serious health condition that has impacted their ability to work. A disabling health condition must have affected a person for 12 months or more, or it must be expected to last for one year or result in death. Depending on the person's previous work history, they may qualify for different types of disability benefits. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is available for those who have earned sufficient work credits for their age level, and these benefits will be based on the person's past income. Those who do not have the necessary work history may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is a means-tested program available to those who have limited financial resources.

There are certain types of health conditions that may allow a person to be eligible for disability benefits, including:

  • COPD or asthma - If disorders that affect the respiratory system are severe enough to require multiple hospitalizations and limit a person's ability to process oxygen, they may be considered to be disabled.
  • Back injuries - Conditions affecting the spine and spinal cord may cause a person to be disabled if they severely limit their ability to move about and complete tasks.
  • Cancer - Certain forms of cancer qualify as disabilities, while others may lead to disability if they are inoperable or have spread throughout the body or if the side effects of treatment have affected their ability to work.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome - Nerve damage that affects the wrists and hands may lead to disabilities if it affects a person's ability to perform tasks while at work.
  • Cerebral palsy - This condition can cause disabilities if it affects a person's mobility, limits their communication abilities, or makes it difficult or impossible to maintain a steady pace while working.
  • Crohn's disease - An inflammatory bowel disorder that leads to hospitalization or results in severe health issues may be considered a disability.
  • Diabetes - This disease may cause disability if it leads to kidney failure, cardiovascular problems, nerve damage, loss of vision, or amputation.
  • Sensory issues - Serious hearing impairment or vision impairment will often be considered disabilities.
  • Lupus - This disease may qualify as a disability if multiple organs or bodily systems are affected.
  • Mental health issues - Mood disorders such as bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder may lead to disability if they have led to limitations on a person's ability to maintain employment.
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) - If this disorder affects a person's ability to use two extremities or leads to serious limitations on their physical and mental functions, it may qualify for disability.

Contact a McKinney, Texas Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer

In addition to assisting with disability applications, the Law Offices of Coats & Todd can assist with denied claims and appeals, including in cases involving the failure to follow prescribed treatment. To get legal help with your disability case, contact us at 972-671-9922 to schedule your free consultation.

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