Your Medical Condition And The Part It Plays In SSDI Approvals


If you cannot work at your job due to a medical (or mental) condition, the government offers Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). With approval, applicants can expect to receive a monthly check that might help cover the loss of a job. Unfortunately, SSDI approval can take a long time and is difficult for some to achieve. Read on to find out about the part your medical condition plays in getting approval of benefits.

Covered Disabilities

The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a list of covered conditions in its so-called blue book. This book, which is available online, lists not only the covered conditions but the requirements for approval within the illness category. For instance, if you are afflicted with heart problems, you should be able to locate your exact heart condition along with what the SSA is looking for in terms of symptoms and diagnostic test results. If your condition is not covered in the blue book, don't give up. Speak to a Social Security lawyer about using other similar conditions to qualify or having your condition added to the blue book.

Condition Seriousness

Another important aspect of medical conditions is the length of time to which you have been afflicted. The SSA requires that you have been suffering from the condition for at least one year in the past or at least one year in the future (you expect to suffer from the condition) or a combo of those two. This is a bit confusing so here is an example: You have been afflicted for a condition for six months. The doctor says that you will suffer from it for at least another six months. Together, that makes a year and fulfills the requirement.

Tips on Proving Your Condition

After reviewing your condition requirements in the blue book, follow the below suggestions to help assure you get approved for benefits:

  1. Let a Social Security lawyer help you with your application. They understand what the SSA needs to know about your condition and that can cut down on the time it takes to make a determination.
  2. Seek medical help for your condition and stay in treatment. That means continuing to see your doctor even after you have applied for SSDI. Take all prescribed medication and follow all medical advice.
  3. Another important task a Social Security lawyer can help you with is your appeal hearing. No matter how complete your application may be and how much you need benefits, you could be turned down. You will need a lawyer to help you before and during your appeal hearing. Speak to a Social Security lawyer today about your case.

For more information, contact a Social Security Disability lawyer.


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