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Written by attorney Brent Adams

What You Need to Know About the Social Security Disability Guidelines

If you are seeking any type of benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) for a disability you will need to follow the Social Security disability guidelines when applying. The application process alone can be difficult, but you have the right to hire a local Dunn Social Security disability attorney to help you along the way.

The Basic Social Security Disability Guidelines

There are two types of Social Security disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both programs require adherence to some of the basic Social Security disability guidelines:

  • you suffer from a medically determinable impairment;

  • the condition prevents your ability to engage in substantial gainful activity, or for children, causes marked and severe functional limitations; and

  • the condition has persisted, or is expected to persist, for at least 12 months, or result in death.

After meeting these three criteria, the requirements for eligibility differ for each specific program. SSDI focuses on your work history to determine your benefits, while SSI focuses on your income and resources.

Medically Determinable Impairments & Social Security Disability Guidelines

The SSA has developed two listings of disabling conditions that may qualify an individual for benefits. The main list, known as the Listing of Impairments, is broken down into body systems affected by various diseases and ailments. Each section contains guidelines for the medical evidence necessary to provide in your Social Security disability application to prove that the condition is severe enough to entitle you to benefits.

The other listing is known as Compassionate Allowances and is a list of 165 severely disabling conditions that can automatically qualify an applicant for disability benefits. These conditions are often fatal or present from birth, which gives the claimant priority status when filing their benefit application.

If you are filing a claim for a condition on the Compassionate Allowances list it is best to work with a Dunn Social Security disability attorney to make sure you are given the priority attention your claim is entitled.

Medical evidence is critical to proving your disability falls within the guidelines listed for your condition in the Listing of Impairments or is on the list of Compassionate Allowances. A simple list of symptoms will not be enough to prove your condition prevents you from working.

The Listing of Impairments will have some of the specific diagnostic methods that the SSA will recognize as evidence of your condition. You will need your physician or in some cases a specialist to perform the necessary evaluations, laboratory testing, imaging, and diagnosis of your condition.

Just a diagnosis and a test result may also not be enough. In some situations the SSA may require a statement from your doctor to detail how the condition prevents you from performing any of the jobs you previously held and now prevents you from seeking employment in any other relative jobs.

To avoid delaying your claim once you submit it to the SSA, work with a Dunn Social Security disability attorney to make sure all of your necessary evidence is in place to show you are following the Social Security disability guidelines.

Dunn Social Security Disability Attorney Helps with SSA Guidelines

To comply with the Social Security disability guidelines you’ll need to gather a substantial amount of evidence to support your claim; work history, pay stubs, and medical records are just the beginning of a basic disability claim. Before you get overwhelmed with the documents in your claim, let a Dunn Social Security disability attorney help.

At Brent Adams & Associates our team of Dunn 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.

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