Am I Eligible for SSDI?

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One of the first questions that come to mind when thinking about social security disability income is, “what injuries or illnesses make a person eligible for benefits”? The answer to this question is two-fold. On the one hand, there is a publication called the social security blue book that lists most of the qualifying injuries and illnesses that have been approved over the years. Secondly, a person will be considered for benefits if their injury or illness is not on the blue book’s list as long as it is a medically equivalent condition. The key test to determine if you may qualify is if your medical condition limits you to the extent that you can not work. The SSA will examine your claim and determine if there is any type of work that you can reasonably be expected to perform.

Is your condition “medically determinable”?
The medical condition you are claiming to have must be medically determinable and also so severe as to prevent you from performing full-time work. The medical condition can be either physiological or psychological impairment. Examples of physiological impairments are heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Psychological impairments include schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
The litmus test to determine if your condition warrants consideration is if your condition has been diagnosed by a physician using medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques. When ordering a physician’s report that confirms your diagnosis, including a list and results of all of the clinical and laboratory testing that contributed to the doctor’s prognosis, will help your case.

Applying for social security disability income benefits in the wake of a serious injury or illness can be one of life’s most trying times. Compounding the situation is the confusion and complexity of applying for benefits and most people do so incorrectly. You can give yourself the best chance of receiving all of the income that you deserve by getting in touch with the social security disability lawyers at Shlesinger& deVillenueve. Our firm has been successfully representing SSDI clients throughout Oregon for over four decades, and can guide you through the complexities of the SSDI system. We will prepare you for your Hearing and give you the best shot of being approved for benefits.


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