To expedite the Social Security disability benefits claims process the Social Security Administration (SSA) has developed an official Listing of Impairments. As you begin to file your disability claim your Fayetteville Social Security disability attorney can help you review the musculoskeletal listings and determine if your medical condition qualifies you as disabled.
Your Fayetteville Social Security disability attorney will review with you that this list of medical conditions gives general guidelines to what conditions are considered disabling and to what degree of severity they must impair a claimant to be considered eligible for benefits.
The first category of disabling conditions identified in the Listing of Impairments is disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The listing includes separate sections for types of disabling conditions that affect children and adults, although there are many similarities between the two. To best understand the listing, have a Fayettteville Social Security disability attorney sit down with you and go over it, point by point.
How Musculoskeletal System Disorders Are Classified as Disabling
As with any disabling condition, the impairment has to be one that has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least twelve months and/or result in death. It must also impair your ability to perform substantial gainful activity.
Musculoskeletal disorders that qualify for disability may have developed from hereditary or congenital conditions, or they can be because of an accident or acquired pathologic process. This means that genetic disorders, diseases, and injuries can all cause a musculoskeletal condition that can qualify as a disabling condition.
Loss of function is one of the main considerations made when determining if a musculoskeletal disorder is disabling or not. Bone and joint deformity or destruction, spinal disorders, and amputation are among the types of conditions that can cause a loss of function in the musculoskeletal system.
A commonly used term in the classification of disabling musculoskeletal disorders is “the inability to ambulate effectively." The Listing of Impairments defines this as “an extreme limitation of the ability to walk; i.e., an impairment(s) that interferes very seriously with the individual's ability to independently initiate, sustain, or complete activities."
Because this ability is often critical to being able to perform substantial gainful activity, a musculoskeletal disorder that impairs a claimant from ambulating may qualify as a disabling condition. To make this decision, the SSA requires certain examinations and evidence to show the severity of impairment.
There are a variety of diagnostic tests and exams that may be necessary, depending on the type of musculoskeletal disorder you are claiming as a disabling condition.
The most common types of evidentiary medical documentation include:
- CAT scans;
- MRI scans;
- physical examinations; and
- diagnostic reports.
The SSA may also require you to submit your medical history regarding the musculoskeletal disorder you are claiming as disabling. This will include your initial diagnosis and any resulting treatment. The treatments you receive may also be considered as contributing to your disability if they cause other conditions to arise.
Using the Listing of Impairments in Your Social Security Disability Claim
The official Listing of Impairments is written in a mainly technical format with a good amount of medical jargon that many claimants struggle to understand. A Fayetteville Social Security disability attorney can help you review the listings to determine if your medical condition falls within the necessary requirements to be considered as a disabling condition.
Get Experienced Help with Your Social Security Disability Benefits Claim
With so much information asked of you when filing for Social Security disability benefits it’s easy to see how many claims can be unfairly denied due to lack of evidence and support. Instead of trying to gather all the documentation and evidence of your work history and disabling conditions, let a Fayetteville Social Security disability attorney help you through the process.
At Brent Adams & Associates our team of Social Security disability attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help clients seek the benefits they are entitled to when they become disabled. With offices in Dunn, Raleigh and Fayetteville we are honored to serve the residents of North Carolina with their disability and injury legal needs. To schedule a FREE consultation, contact us at 910-892-8177 or toll-free at 800-849-5931.