Multiple Health Problems and Social Security
For most people, one minor or moderate health problem doesn’t interfere with the ability to work and carry out daily tasks. However, a collection of minor to moderate health problems can be quite debilitating.
If you’re suffering from multiple health problems, it can be disconcerting to think about your financial future. You may be able to qualify for social security benefits, but it’s a challenging road to go down. You’ll need the aid of a qualified lawyer who can simplify the complexities throughout the process.
Understanding the Social Security Disability Process
Social Security eligibility is based on how debilitated a person is rather than what his or her actual condition is. While it’s true that there are many health conditions that do not automatically grant eligibility, an initial “no” is not always a permanent “no.”
What qualifies as a disability under Social Security makes no distinction between one severe condition and multiple conditions. The main determining factor when deciding eligibility is whether or not your state of health makes gainful employment impossible for you.
However, the challenge appears when you go to apply for Social Security and cite multiple health problems. These cases are typically much more difficult to prove than cases when a singular disability has been cited. Many cases are denied at the initial claim, and most are also denied at the reconsideration appeal.
If you’re truly unable to work and perform daily tasks because of your conditions, you can request a hearing before an administrative law judge. Many cases that are initially denied through the standard procedure may be approved when brought to a hearing. This is why it’s important to obtain adequate legal representation when beginning your claim.
What to Do if You’re Considering Applying for Social Security?
Documentation is incredibly important when applying for benefits. You’ll need to gather information from any and all doctors who are involved in your healthcare, along with your medical records. A statement from your physician that declares you unable to work and cites specific physical and mental work-related limitations can be a tremendous help.
You’ll also want to have records of when your problems began and how they impair your ability to function. Anything that’s related to your health care or history is good to have on hand, even if you don’t think it’s very important. Your lawyer can tell you the types of documents you need and how to obtain them if you don’t already have them.
If you need an SSI or SSD lawyer in Pennsylvania, contact the law office of Lisa M. Ritacco by calling 877-459-4799 today.