Disability is something that no one can be fully ready for, and applying for Social Security benefits can be complicated and frustrating. But, if you have lost work due to injury or sickness, there are answers.
Common Disabilities That May Be Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security Act defines a disability as the “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.”
The most commonly approved disabilities for social security benefits include but are not limited to:
- Back injuries, including chronic muscle and joint pain in the back
- Nervous system disorders, including spinal cord disorders and neck pain
- Cardiovascular diseases, including congestive heart failure and other heart problems
- Mental illness, including depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, and other behavioral issues
- Injuries that arose from accidents, including accidents that occurred on the job
- Respiratory disorders, including emphysema or severe asthma
- Migraines and chronic fatigue syndrome
- Digestive disorders, including chronic gastritis, pancreatitis, and appendicitis
The above is in no way a comprehensive list of injuries, disorders, diseases, or conditions that are approved by the Social Security Administration for benefits. If you have any condition that makes it difficult or impossible for you to work, you may still be eligible for compensation and benefits.
The first step to getting the Social Security Disability compensation you deserve is contacting a quality lawyer who knows how to protect your rights. Do not throw away your compensation because you did not have the proper counsel. We have a long history of success with disability cases and want to bring that experience and reputation to your case.
What Will a Disability Lawyer Do For My Case?
Just looking at it from an objective point of view, statistically, disabled persons who hire an attorney to work with on their disability claim have a higher success rate. The chances of receiving an initial denial and having to file an appeal are much lower when you work with a social security disability lawyer right out of the gate. Your attorney can also help you:
- Evaluate your case and let you know where you stand in regards to obtaining disability and compensation
- Better understand the process of applying for social security disability benefits and what to expect throughout the process
- Gather the necessary documentation to fill out your forms
- Ensure your initial claim is filled out correctly and submitted in a timely fashion to the correct offices
- Connect with resources like additional physicians who may be able to evaluate you and provide documentation to strengthen your claim
- Keep your claim updated with the most recent medical records and reports, especially if your condition changes
- Understand what questions will be asked at your hearing and assist you in preparing for the hearing in every way possible
- Request that the Administrative Judge subpoena witnesses that could be instrumental in proving your disability claim
- Ensure that your benefits are properly calculated and awarded by the Social Security Administration
- File a timely and aggressive appeal should your claim be denied initially
Don’t underestimate the real value that a social security disability lawyer can bring to your case. At Guest & Brady, we have a long history of success with disability cases and want to bring that experience and reputation to your case.
Let us fight for you and help you get what you need to relax and focus on getting better. When you work with Guest & Brady, you can trust that your social security disability case is in good hands and that you will receive the comprehensive, zealous legal representation you need to move forward. Call 864.233.7200 today for a free consultation.