Common Disabilities & EligibilityBy Kenton Koszdin on October 22, 2018 | In Social Security Disability
“Common disability impairments” sound like simple descriptions of conditions that would qualify a person for benefits. The truth of the matter is, there is a list of disability impairments that case examiners look at when considering any disability claim.
Your disability does not necessarily have to appear on the list—so long as the existence of your impairment(s) is supported by medical evidence from a recognized medical professional. In any case, your symptoms and pain must be consistent with what is reasonably expected from your impairment(s), as supported by medical evidence and laboratory results.
Although most common disabilities are initially expressed through the development of symptoms, a case examiner will first need to establish that a disability exists. Therefore, filing a claim that is based on symptoms alone is not enough to qualify you for disability benefits. Furthermore, the fact that a disability exists is also not enough to qualify for benefits in many cases.
Once it has been established that you do have physical or mental impairments(s), the claim examiner needs to determine whether your pain and symptoms are reasonably consistent with your condition(s) based on medical evidence and laboratory results. For your part, you will need to provide contact details and supporting evidence of your disability impairments.
Common Disability Impairments
The list of common disability impairments that are used in assessing claims includes both physical and mental impairments. Although the list is limited as presented, claimants should not be put off if they do not see their disability impairments included, or they do not meet the requirements under one of the listings of impairment. There are a number of scenarios whereby you may still qualify.
For instance, you may suffer symptoms and pain from a combination of common disabilities which combined would meet the conditions of a single impairment on the list. Another common scenario involves experiencing symptoms and pain that are consistent with a listed item, making it impossible for you to carry out basic work tasks.
The full list of disability impairments is available from the Social Security office or website. For ease of use, the website primarily lists disability impairments under umbrella categories. When you click on each entry, there is a comprehensive description of the evaluation process available to read.
Hiring a Disability Impairments Attorney
Many claimants find it difficult to build a strong case for disability benefits, even though their pain and symptoms prevent them from carrying out even the most basic tasks. Hiring an attorney who specializes in cases that involve disability benefits will give you access to a team of legal experts that will help you through the application process.
If you are finding the process of applying for disability claims difficult, reach out to the experts from Kenton Koszdin Law Office. We will help you put your case together and navigate the evidence needed to qualify for benefits under the disability impairments requirements. Call today at (818) 901-9999 to arrange your free consultation.