Jan, 2018

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Qualifying for Social Security Disabilities

Qualifying for Social Security Disabilities

When one’s health prevents him or her from working, it is normal to wonder if benefits are available to help financially. The struggle of the one suffering is a lot to overcome and affording the cost of living is concerning. For a family, the mental burden caused may lead to even more emotional struggles. A disability attorney in Sioux Falls will be able to answer questions and ease these burdens. One of the first questions the lawyer will be able to answer is whether or not the person’s ailment qualifies.

Mental Disorders

Depression is one of the most common cases social security considers. to qualify, a person must fall into a group of categories relating to the illness. This determines if the depression is severe enough for one to be out of work. Other qualifying conditions include autism and intellectual disabilities. Many families will be able to receive these benefits on behalf of children who qualify in order to assist with finances. These are not the only qualifiers. If a family is unsure, the best thing to do is ask an expert.

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Back problems and other aches fall into this category. Osteoarthritis is also considered a musculoskeletal disorder. Spinal issues, including scoliosis, are qualifiers as well. For one to qualify fully, the disorder must prevent the individual from working for at least a full year. Amputations of two limbs qualify, with one limb being a consideration that may qualify. The final decision is based off how the disorder affects the person’s work. A series of physical tests may be needed as a determining factor while one must also prove that medical treatment is being used.

Neurological Disorders

Injuries and illnesses relating to the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, may qualify for benefits. Severe cases of epilepsy and cerebral palsy which prevent one from working will qualify if the guidelines within the blue book are met. Parkinsons also qualifies if it is enough to limit a person’s abilities. Most injuries to the spinal cord qualify, including paralysis. Even chronic migraines may qualify, however, it is difficult to prove how much they limit one’s ability to work.

Other Disorders

These are not the only disorders which will qualify someone for benefits. Even those not listed may be considered if working is impossible or severely limited for an individual. Children fall under the same qualifications as adults, giving assistance to the parents or guardians of those who are affected by health. These benefits are generally easier for low-income families to use in order to help with medical bills and care the child may need. If one is seeking advice or needs questions answered about qualifications, scheduling a consultation with a lawyer can help provide the answers.