Social security is intended to pay retired workers a monthly benefit, but is also designed with more in mind than reaching retirement age. Social security disability is a large part of the program, but navigating through the rules and regulations can be overwhelming. SSD qualifications include the requirement that you have previously been employed at a job that is covered by social security, and that you are now disabled. The disability must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability, and this is where cases can become complex. The attorneys at Murphy Law Firm in Billings, MT, have experience processing claims and helping people who have already had their claims denied. Whether you need help filing your initial claim or contesting a denial, our attorneys can help.
What Conditions Qualify for SSD
There are certain conditions for which the Social Security Administration provides “automatic” disability benefits. Among the conditions on the official list are:
- Musculoskeletal conditions, such as back or joint injury
- Loss of hearing or loss of vision
- Cardiovascular conditions, such as heart failure
- Chronic breathing problems, such as asthma or cystic fibrosis
- Neurological issues, such as Parkinson’s disease
- An immune system deficiency
- A mental disorder
The mere existence of these disorders should automatically qualify an individual for benefits, but often times claims are denied. If you have been denied, you can appeal the denial by taking the steps outlined in the notice of denial. This typically requires the disabled party to show evidence to overcome the basis for denial, and a qualified attorney will have a wealth of experience in this area.
What is Needed to Establish a Disability for SSD Benefits?
When making a claim for SSD benefits, for an approved disability or for conditions not on the official list, you must present reliable and credible medical evidence. This may include doctor’s notes and diagnoses, CT scans, blood test results, MRI images, or X-rays. The medical proof must be recent, and include the date on which you became disabled, up through the present time. It is also necessary to show that you are unable to continue working, even with lesser job responsibilities. The physician notes must be very clear on the condition that you suffer from, complete with a long-term prognosis that you are unable to return to work.
Even when you submit these documents, it is common to have a claim denied. However, denial of a claim does not conclusively establish that you are not disabled or that you do not qualify for benefits. You do have the right to an appeal and many cases require an appeal be filed. A knowledgeable attorney is in the best position to help you qualify for benefits and make a case to get you all that you deserve.
Who to Call for Help
If you have questions about how to qualify for social security and disability benefits, or have had a claim denied, our attorneys can help. Please contact our office online, or call us today at 406-452-2345.